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Monday, June 11

Kingdom Coming

Pursuant to Liz's post below here is a review of Michelle Goldberg's Kingdom Coming:

I am having a very difficult time finishing this book since every time I pick it up my blood pressure rises. I am going to finish it this time so I can move on (sort of). I started on chapter six today and I will quote some of it later. I keep harping on this issue because it seems the majority of Americans are oblivious to the march of theocracy in our government. As I have said before, it will not necessarily be your religion which wins. Matter of fact, it is unlikely. If you believe it is okay to kill gay people or abortionists then you will be delighted. Pick up your bible and read the bloodthirsty sanctions contained therein. This is what the theocrats want enacted into law and they are getting ever closer, with the collusion of some in our government. Ignorant, desperate people across the country are turning to religion for answers - just as they do in Muslim countries. Are these the answers we want to give them:

"The entire Christian nationalist agenda ultimately hinges on conquering the courts. A remade judiciary could let state governments criminalize abortion and gay sex."

"To take just one example, if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, it would undermine the ruling Roe was based on, Griswold v. Connecticut. That 1965 decision, which struck down bans on birth control for married women (extended to unmarried women in 1972's Eisenstadt v. Baird), was the first to infer a right to privacy from the constitution. If the court ruled that no constitutional right to privacy exists, states would again have the latitude to make contraception illegal."

"The fact that adults' access to contraception was suddenly subject to debate was evidence of how fevered the climate was in the spring of 2005. In such an atmosphere, few in the media seemed astonished, when at Confronting the Judicial War on Faith, congressmen and Senate staffers shared the stage with men who advocate the execution of sexual deviants and the replacement of democracy with the bloody strictures of the Old Testament."

I have been spending a lot of time studying Islam these past few years for obvious reasons. The beliefs of fundamentalist christians are fundamentally (pun intended) indistinguishable from those of Islam. These people want to legalize murder. I know this is appalling to me. This is happening in the United States of America. These people would like to repeal the Bill of Rights. Is that really the kind of country we want to live in?

"History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes." Thomas Jefferson


This is cross-posted at my blog. All are welcome.

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