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At no time in history has the United States had such a high percentage of theocratic members of Congress—those who expressly endorse religious bias in law. Just as ominously, especially for those who share the values and views of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, at no other time have religious fundamentalists effectively had veto power over one of the country’s two major political parties. As Sean Faircloth argues in this deeply sobering yet highly engaging book, this has led to the crumbling of the country’s most cherished founding principle—the wall of separation between church and state. While much of the public debate in the United States over church-state issues has focused on the construction of nativity scenes in town squares and the addition of “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance, former politician and lobbyist Faircloth moves beyond the symbolism to explore the many ways federal and state legal codes privilege religion in law. He demonstrates in vivid detail how religious bias in law harms all Americans—financially, militarily, physically, socially, and educationally—and directs special attention to the outlandish words, views, and policy proposals of the most theocratic politicians. Sounding a much-needed alarm for all who care about the future direction of the country, Faircloth concludes by offering an inspiring 10-point vision of an America returned to its secular roots and by providing a specific and sensible plan for realizing this vision.

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    A thcritique of faith-based religion

    This is Richard Dawkins in thoroughness, but with less emotional hyperbole. Written in a journalistic (as opposed to literary) style, this book provides a critical analysis of the damage done by America's right-wing religious and political (the two sides of the same coin) "anything but silent" minority. It may read like preaching to the choir to those of us that share the author's view, but it is a treasure trove of incontrovertible information about the harmful consequences of hypocritical right-wing thought and action that should make every believer in faith-based religion rethink his/her religious beliefs. A thoroughly reasoned book that is a joy, albeit a challenging one for many, to read.

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