Fighting Words

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The religious right is gaining enormous power in the United States, thanks to a well-organized, media-savvy movement with powerful friends in high places. Yet many Americans — both observant and secular — are alarmed by this trend, especially by the religious right's attempts to erase the boundary between church and state and re-make the U.S. into a Christian nation. But most Americans lack the tools for arguing with the religious right, especially when fundamentalist conservatives claim their tradition started ...
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Overview


The religious right is gaining enormous power in the United States, thanks to a well-organized, media-savvy movement with powerful friends in high places. Yet many Americans — both observant and secular — are alarmed by this trend, especially by the religious right's attempts to erase the boundary between church and state and re-make the U.S. into a Christian nation. But most Americans lack the tools for arguing with the religious right, especially when fundamentalist conservatives claim their tradition started with the Framers of The Constitution. Fighting Words is a a tool-kit for arguing, especially for those of us who haven't read the founding documents of this nation since grade school. Robin Morgan has assembled a lively, accessible, eye-opening primer and reference tool, a "verbal karate" guide, revealing what the Framers and many other leading Americans really believed — in their own words — rescuing the Founders from images of dusty, pompous old men in powdered wigs, and resurrecting them as the revolutionaries they truly were: a hodgepodge of freethinkers, Deists, agnostics, Christians, atheists, and Freemasons — and they were radicals as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560259480
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 1,201,182
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Robin Morgan is an award-winning poet, novelist, political theorist, feminist activist, journalist, editor, and best-selling author. She has published 20 books, including the now-classic anthologies Sisterhood Is Powerful (Random House, 1970) and Sisterhood Is Global (Doubleday, l984; updated edition, The Feminist Press, 1996); with the recent Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women’s Anthology for A New Millennium (Washington Square Press, 2003). A founder/leader of contemporary US feminism, she has also been a leader in the international women’s movement for 25 years. In 1990, as Ms. Editor-in-Chief, she relaunched the magazine as an international, award-winning, ad-free bimonthly, resigning in late 1993 to become Consulting Global Editor. A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Prize (Poetry), and numerous other honors, she lives in New York City, (www.robinmorgan.us)
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Table of Contents

Introduction : it is happening here
1 The founders' own fighting words 1
2 The genuine articles : uncensored 23
3 (More) U.S. presidents' fighting words 31
4 The law 43
5 Notable Americans' fighting words on church v. state, and on religion v. spirituality 57
6 Abortion : the fighting word? 75
7 In Other words : the opposition 81
8 After words (resources for action) 103
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