By Michelle Goldberg
"A powerful wakeup name to pluralists within the coming showdown with Christian nationalists."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Michelle Goldberg, a senior political reporter for Salon.com, has been masking the intersection of politics and beliefs for years. earlier than the 2004 election, and through the consequent months whilst many american citizens have been attempting to know the way an management marked by means of cronyism, forget for the nationwide finances, and poorly disguised self-interest were reinstated, Goldberg traveled throughout the heartland of a rustic within the grips of a fevered spiritual radicalism: the the United States of our time. From the school room to the mega-church to the federal courtroom, she observed how the transforming into impact of dominionism-the doctrine that Christians have the precise to rule nonbelievers-is threatening the rules of democracy.
In Kingdom Coming, Goldberg demonstrates how an more and more bellicose fundamentalism is gaining traction all through our nationwide lifestyles, taking us on a journey of the parallel right-wing evangelical tradition that's buoyed through Republican political patronage. Deep in the pink zones of a divided the United States, we meet army retirees pledging to grab the state in Christ's identify, perfidious congressmen dating the arrogance of neo-confederates and proponents of theocracy, and leaders of federally funded courses providing Jesus because the approach to the country's social problems.
along with her trenchant interviews and the telling tales of the folks in the back of this circulate, Goldberg profits entry into the hearts and minds of electorate who're striving to remake the secular Republic bequeathed through our founders right into a Christian country run in accordance with their interpretation of scripture. In her exam of the ever-widening divide among believers and nonbelievers, Goldberg illustrates the subversive impression of this conservative stranglehold national. In an age whilst religion instead of cause is heralded and the values of the Enlightenment are threatened through a paranormal nationalism claiming divine sanction, Kingdom Coming brings us nose to nose with the irrational forces which are remaking a lot of the USA
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Extra info for Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism
Growing numbers of right-wing Christians are learning, in their churches, private schools, home schools—and even a few public schools—that religious pluralism itself is nothing more than a plot cooked up by devious liberals to undermine America. Rick Scarborough, a high-profile Texas pastor and close ally of Tom DeLay, has published a monograph titled In Defense of... Mixing Church and State. In it, he claims that separation of church and state is "a lie introduced by Satan and fostered by the courts.
Affirmative action is never abolished. "6 Frank was right about many things, but he underestimated the successes that Christian nationalists have had—and continue to have—in transforming America. Besides stripping gay people of hard-won rights and science of its authority, the religious right has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in government grants for itself, thanks to Bush's faith-based initiative. Cultural conservatives have succeeded in making abortion unavailable in much of the country and are moving ever closer to their dream of outlawing it altogether.
They were closed to the press, but a journalist for The Oregonian reported that one hundred pastors showed up for one event in Eugene. The next spring, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist invited all one hundred senators on a private tour of the Capitol led by Barton. " Against the Courts Meanwhile, Barton's ideas were driving a right-wing congressional push to exempt Roy Moore and officials like him from the authority of the Supreme Court. In February 2004, Senator Zell Miller, a Christian nationalist Democrat from Georgia, gave a speech to the Senate praising several bills designed to weaken federal courts, including the Constitution Restoration Act.
Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism by Michelle Goldberg