Sunday, October 20, 2013

Book Review: Attack of the Theocrats

“Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity.  It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven…it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.”  -John Adams

    I’ve felt a change in the air as the years have passed.  As a boy, there was a great deal of hope and longing for a future of technological advancement, world peace, and a reign of compassion and reason.  Science and evidence based reasoning were the tools we would use to build a brighter future.  It was in the literature, on the big and small screen.  We were going to space, we were curing illness, we were learning about our past (and learning from it), and we were going to clean up our planet and make things right.  But, as I entered high school in the early 90s, I got my first taste of something.  Something that had been building in the shadows of American politics for a long time.  A conscious, directed effort on the part of a faction of American Christianity had been using their considerable wealth and grass roots energy to erode basic tenants of American law, democracy, and our nation’s very spirit.  Why were we abandoning science?  Why did we start denying the facts of evolution, of climate change, of our founding fathers, and so much more?  Why were established and understood maters of science being cast aside left and right?  Why was innovation and intellectual curiosity held up as a thing of ridicule?  When did trying to get an education become ‘elitist?’  When did fair taxes, chipping in, taking care of your fellow man, coming to a consensus, etc. become ‘socialist?’

“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law representing establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and state.” -Thomas Jefferson

“I believe that God wants me to be president.” -George Bush

    Sean Faircloth’s book goes into details on how this shift happened, who was behind it, what their goals were and are, and what can be done to stop them, and to wrestle the future of America back from religious extremists who want to create a theocracy in direct contradiction to the principles of the Founding Fathers and the desire of the ‘man on the streets.’  It’s a frightening, clarion call to action against the very real, and very dangerous element within our government and our civilization, who are putting our lives, the lives of our children, and the very future of our species and our planet in jeopardy.

“Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error.” -Thomas Jefferson

    Using plenty of examples, and directly calling out egregious offences against the Constitution and Bill of Rights on the part of those who so vocally claim their sanction, Faircloth does a fine job of highlighting individuals and organizations that all Americans should fight against in the name of freedom and law.  Law.  That thing that has made our country strong in the past.  Law.  The tool of justice.  Law.  The thing that keeps safe the poor and the rich, the old and the young, the minority and the majority.

And this from a very religious man.

“I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of.  My own mind is my own church.” -Thomas Paine

    If you’re worried about the direction a small number of backward looking extremists are trying to drag our country, you should take a look at this book.  If you want to see America take the lead in science and innovation again, you should read this book.  If you are tired of people claiming to be for ‘small government’ while they simultaneously try to legislate every aspect of your personal life, you should read this book.  If you’re tired of sending your tax money to support religious organizations you don’t belong to or support in any way, you should read this book.  If you're sick of hearing how our founding fathers wanted America to be a Christian nation, in spite of all the mountains of written works by those same founders to the contrary, you should read this book.  Tired of government sanctioned religion that flies in the face of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, changing our money and even our Pledge of Allegiance, in the name of their particular beliefs, you should read this book.  Are you angry to see Jefferson and Madison’s ‘separation of Church and State’ attacked time and again, except when used as an excuse for not paying taxes on massive megachurch incomes and financial double-dealings?  Are you sick to your stomach at the idea that our children are tortured and allowed to die in the name of ancient superstitions?  You should read this book.  Faircloth looks at specific examples and general trends, and shows how wrong the attempted Theocrats are, and how anti-American they really are.  Men and women who wrap themselves in the flag, while they soil everything it stands for.  Read this book.

“There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature.  Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.” -George Washington

Attack of the Theocrats
Author: Sean Faircloth
Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing
ISBN: 9780984493241

(I read this as an ebook, which you can get for the Nook or Kindle)


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