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“In this book Todd Starnes combines his signature humor and award-winning investigative journalism skills to expose the left’s war on religious liberty.” —Sean Hannity
American Christians are facing uncertain times. Our nation’s values are under assault. Religious liberty has been undermined. We live in a day when right is now wrong and wrong is now right. The vicious leftwing attack against the recent traditional marriage stance of Chick-fil-A should serve as a wakeup call to people of faith. It’s not about a ...
American Christians are facing uncertain times. Our nation’s values are under assault. Religious liberty has been undermined. We live in a day when right is now wrong and wrong is now right. The vicious leftwing attack against the recent traditional marriage stance of Chick-fil-A should serve as a wakeup call to people of faith. It’s not about a chicken sandwich. It’s about religious liberty. It’s about free speech. It’s about the future of our nation.
As a reporter covering the culture war for FOX News, Todd Starnes is on the front lines of these attacks against traditional values. In God Less America, he uses both recent news stories and compelling interviews with today’s top conservative leaders to bring to light what is happening across our country. In his award-winning, satire-meets-serious writing style, he strikes an important blow in today’s culture wars.
Posted June 11, 2014
Paul Revere warned the colonists, "The British are coming!", and they rose together in defense of liberty. In his book Todd Starns of Fox News has sounded a sober warning of a different and darker nature. His warning, through numerous and recent examples, could be phrased "The Barbarians are coming!" The rise of anti-Christian cultural momentum is traced by Todd through education, media, social institutions, the military, business and politics. For example, through selective application of so called non-discrimination policies, schools like Rollins College in Florida violated the rights of some Christian students who were hosting an Inter varsity Christian Fellowship Bible study in their dorm. This ministry with decades of great campus presence was de-recognized as an official campus organization for refusing to comply with this unreasonable and coercive policy, that would require the students to violate their conscience by allowing any student with any set of values the opportunity to lead in their organization. By this reasoning, a student with Nazi beliefs would be allowed to be a leader in the Jewish students league, or a Muslim extremist who believes in killing homosexuals would be allowed to join the campus LGBT club and give a talk at one of their parties on the best methods of decapitating them. The hypocrisy in higher education is further exposed in the ridiculous accommodations that are being made for Muslims on campuses around the country. The University of Michigan-Dearborn installed foot washing stations in the public restrooms for Muslims at a cost of $25,000. These well intended efforts to appease our sworn enemies are also being funded by public tax dollars for public places. Several airports have spent tax dollars to provide foot washing stations for Muslims, mainly cab drivers. One in Arizona going as far as to provide prayer rugs. At the same time, public baptisms and any expression of Christian faith are under attack. The National Park service recently required Christian churches to obtain permits for baptisms 48 hours in advance, many being denied. Do they need that time to do a back ground check? Maybe it's a cooling off time, to see if the convert is serious. The state attorney general spoke against the use of Heritage Park in Olympia, Washington for a baptism, saying that baptism violated the state constitution. It makes me wonder how many people in office ever read the the original state constitutions for the thirteen colonies. Many were overtly Christian, giving glory to God, and to His Son, Jesus Christ. Toward the end of the book Todd gives recent examples of people standing up against the anti-Christian abuses multiplying across the country. These examples and the challenge to Christians to stand up for the Bible, not to be ashamed of the gospel of Christ, are the most hopeful insights. Cracker Barrel restaurant tried to catch the anti-Christian wave by announcing they would no longer carry Duck Dynasty merchandise. That wave dumped them, and they took a rough tumble against the sand and rocks. Consumer back lash was so sudden and dramatic, that they reversed themselves within twenty four hours. Chick-fil-A was unfairly targeted by bigoted thought police, and people across the country came to their support. Today millions of Americans will drive out of our way to find and support Chick-fil-A because they were unfairly targeted by the anti-Christian gay mafia. Though we sow love, we are unjustly labeled as haters. Though we unconditionally accept and minister to any and all, we are unjustly labeled as intolerant, simply because we believe the Bible. Todd has sounded an alarm, the good ship Liberty floats on the hull of Christianity, and carries the cargo of Western civilization. Cannons are firing against the outside of that hull, traitors in government are chopping away at the inside of that hull, and rats in the name of higher education have spoiled much of the precious cargo. If this ship stays afloat, or goes down to a watery grave, a diluted footnote in history whose demise will be celebrated by most of the deceived world, the church will rise victorious! She is the only organization predestined to succeed in every age. Based on what Todd Starns has revealed in this book, we may soon have to endure cheerfully the seizing of our property and lives, like those written to in the book of Hebrews. But may we, like they did, also boldly say, "The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me." GFrederick
Posted May 24, 2014
God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values by Todd Starnes starts off with a serious but yet humorous introduction telling about the “war of religious liberty”.
The first chapter, “The War on Christianity” seems scary to me when people are being punished for holding harmless Bible studies, saying the name Jesus, or saying Amen. It’s really making me wonder what America will be like for my children and grandchildren in the future. Especially when Jesus or the Bible are now starting to be thought as threatening.
It amazes me how people’s rights and freedoms are being taking away right here in America. Is it not going to be considered the Land of the Free in the future?
Chapter Four tells the heartbreaking story of Christian Saud Abedini, who has been left in prison in Iran. The reason he’s in prison? Just for being a Christian. And our government refuses to talk about it or has not attempted to have him released.
Chapters Three, Ten and Twelve were about the controversies surrounding Chick Fil A, Phil Robertson, and Tim Tebow.
Chapter Eight focuses on Gay Rights vs Religious Rights, which I did find long and exhausting to read.
Chapter Eleven discusses interspecies marriage. I found it to be quite silly. Is this really even a political issue to pass laws for humans to be able to marry their pets?
Some of the areas of the book were silly and seemed so absurd that I did not know how serious the author was being about the content or what stories he told were true or which ones were not true. I thought several of the chapters were pointless and I am not sure why they were included in this book. To me, these chapters should have been omitted entirely.
The author wrote many instances where Christians were being bullied and made fun of for being Christian. He admits that he is a Southern Baptist but often pokes fun of the Southern Baptists. It might have been humorous to read in another book but in this book it just did not seem appropriate to me.
My overall thoughts is that I thought the book was thought provoking at times. Other times, I found myself angry with what is happening in America. I was, also, confused with the author, wondering what point he was trying to make. I did find some hilarious moments but sometimes those moments that were supposed to be funny I thought to be sort of offensive or inappropriate to the subject matter.
I do think that 75% of the book is worth reading. If you are a Christian and concerned with what is going on in American and you are concerned about your rights, then I think you should give it a try.
3 ½ stars.
I received an Advanced Reader Copy from Charisma House publishers in exchange for my honest review which was given.