The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America / Edition 1

The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America / Edition 1

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by David Domke, Kevin Coe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195326415

ISBN-13: 9780195326413

Pub. Date: 12/07/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This volume offers a timely and dynamic study of the rise of religion in American politics, examining the public messages of political leaders over the past seventy-five years. The authors show that U.S. politics today is defined by a calculated, deliberate, and partisan use of faith that is unprecedented in modern politics. Beginning with the election of Ronald

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This volume offers a timely and dynamic study of the rise of religion in American politics, examining the public messages of political leaders over the past seventy-five years. The authors show that U.S. politics today is defined by a calculated, deliberate, and partisan use of faith that is unprecedented in modern politics. Beginning with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, America has seen a no-holds-barred religious politics that seeks to attract voters, identify and attack enemies, and solidify power. Domke and Coe identify a set of religious signals sent by both Republicans and Democrats in speeches, party platforms, proclamations, visits to audiences of faith, and even celebrations of Christmas. The updated edition of this ground-breaking book includes a new preface, an updated analysis of the last Bush administration, as well as a new final chapter on the Jeremiah Wright controversy, the candidacies of Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, and Barack Obama's victory.

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ISBN-13:
9780195326413
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/07/2007
Edition description:
Updated Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A New Religious Politics 3

1 One Nation under God, Divisible 11

2 Political Priests 29

3 God and Country 49

4 Acts of Communion 71

5 Morality Politics 99

6 Religious Politics and Democratic Vitality 129

7 Act II 151

Acknowledgments 167

Notes 169

Index 237

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If you read David Domke's last book, 'God Willing', (a must read for every one) which exposed the myth of a Free and Independent Press during the current Bush administration following 9/11, and the calculated steps taken by Bush and his staff to craft a framework to grow support for the president's policies and his growing reliance on the ideology of Political Fundamentalism, then you will really enjoy this new book. You will also come to understand how politicians, thru a strategic communication approach grounded in a conservative religious worldview, 'The ¿God Strategy¿ were able to achieve the two tasks listed above. This new book traces the growth of the God Strategy in American politics from the days of President Franklin Roosevelt to the current George Bush and how both the Republicans and the Democrats have embraced the joining of religion and politics. Domke and co-author, Kevin Coe lay out in great detail how politics and religion came together and how both sides, to push agendas and win elections with results that often threaten the very foundations of American Democracy, have used this wedding In reading the' God Strategy' I have come to understand some of the how's, why's, and so what's involved in the rise of religion in American politics. I am surely more aware of the subtleties used by both sides in their efforts to shape a new America. I am even more aware of the misguided and often angry methods used by the followers of the God Strategy in achieving their end results and of the price America as a nation might be called on to pay for those methods Thanks Domke and Coe for this interesting, insightful and well-researched view of religion in America politics.