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With God On Their Side: How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science, Policy, And Democracy In George W. Bush's White House

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- Under pressure from Christian fundamentalists, the National Park Service has approved the display and sale of a creationist book that claims the Grand Canyon was formed by the flood that launched Noah's ark.
- To sell his faith-based initiative to Christian conservatives, President Bush allowed religious groups receiving federal funds to legally refuse to hire Jews, gays,...more
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published October 7th 2004 by New Press, The
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This had promise but I realized after reading about chapter that this book was nothing more than a pc left wing liberal wank off. It does show what a pathetic mess the possibly soon to be extinct Republican party is, as well as show how right wing Christian sexual phobias can sometimes influence political policy. I can't understand why, if the author wanted to show what dangerous creeps these right wing Christians are why she didn't go deeply into their sick relationship with Zionist Jews. This...more
Will Byrnes
This is a detailed look at the inroads the fundamentalist right has made on its way to theocracy. Scary stuff, heavily documented.

Once DefCon (The Campaign to Defend the Constitution) announced that they'd kick off their new book club in March 2006 with Esther Kaplan's WITH GOD ON THEIR SIDE: HOW CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISTS TRAMPLED SCIENCE, POLICY AND DEMOCRACY IN GEORGE W. BUSH'S WHITE HOUSE, I checked out a copy from my local library, post-haste. Unfortunately, I never did finish it in time for the online chat with author Kaplan, but not because it was a boring, tedious read; in fact, just the opposite. I was s...more
marcus miller
I probably should have read this book six years ago when it first came out but that didn't happen. Still it was interesting and one could argue, still relevant. Kaplan does a nice job of bringing together a variety of sources to detail the influence the Christian right had on American politics during the eight years of President Bush. If you spent any time back then reading Focus on the Family, or listening to Dobson, Falwell and Robertson, you may not learn much new in this book. Kaplan takes t...more
Religion and politics have been uneasy bedfellows for some time now, and with the current administration's faith-based initiatives, policies, and presidential stem-cell research vetoes, it appears that Americans are wanting something a little more secular in their legislature. Esther Kaplan writes with a very liberal bent and addresses many issues, including the neverending evolution/creationism controversy; stem cell research; the president's response to the global AIDS crisis; and abortion. Wh...more
Claire S
Ugh, all so horrible. Wonder if things could have been different if this book had come out a few months earlier..
Not sure if I'll read it, I'm so continually furious anyway; But there still out there, and in various guises elsewhere, so will see.
This is an eye opener and a glimpse of how dangerous it is to mix politics and religion.
Warning: This book might make you mad....
a great book
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