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The Fundamentals of Extremism: The Christian Right in America

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On September 11, 2001, Americans witnessed horrific carnage inspired by religious extremism. We saw religious fundamentalists will stop at nothing to reign terror on those they regard as their enemies. In our response, we began to focus on the oppressive treatment of women and children in other parts of the world where religious fundamentalism rules. But we failed to ackno ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published January 28th 2018 by Green Grove Press (first published February 1st 2003)
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Ed Buckner
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: thoughtful adults interested in religion and freedom
Fundamentals of Extremism is a great book--though I'm once again biased as hell, since I wrote the concluding chapter. But I'm writing here mostly about the sterling, effective, clear, concise, intellectually stimulating writing of my fellow authors: Kimberly Blaker (editor and writer), Edwin Kagin, Herb Silverman, Bobbie Kirkhart, et al. If you want to really understand Christian fundamentalism and the risks it entails for us a free nation, this book is a must read.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm no fan of the religious right by any means, and I find much of what they do threatening, but I have a few issues about the author's credibility. For one thing, she takes a really drastic viewpoint and frames things in an extremely inflammatory way – for example, she says that the March for life on Washington was a way of "terrorizing" Congress – really? Peaceful demonstrations in Washington are forms of terrorism now? I also caught her using a quote that doesn't exist, which she uses and the ...more
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it
The purpose of this book is to expose the dangers that "Christian" extremist pose within the USA. I agree with the many of the authors on many aspects and think that there are few discussions we need to be having within the USA about what to do when dealing with these groups. It gives a description of a few churches or families that have views that are detrimental to their followers or children. The author lived in the Southern USA long enough to recognize this is a growing problem. He does not ...more
Steven Williams
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book presents the dangers of the the Christian right to are precious liberal democracy. Not only that, but its danger to those individuals that the group opposes. These include women, childen, LGBT individuals, and family planning and abortion providers. From the outlook of the book the religious fundamentlists are just plain corrosive on society, which I firmly agree with. In my opinion it is not only the fundamentalist brand of religion that has this effect but most of religion in itself. ...more
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised, but my library actually had this one. If it's not pro-God, pro-Republican, they usually don't have it. And I get they gotta know their public, but it's annoying to the few non-Republicans in the county. I usually have to buy anything in that vein that I want to read and usually that's not something I care to own, so yeah. Anyway, this was a decent little book. It was short, but dense and filled with facts and figures. As someone who grew up in a church that was a member of the S ...more
Darwin Lau
Downright scary how racism, homophobia, misogynism, domestic violence, etc breed under the disguise of "family value" propagated by Christian fundamentalists. This book offers a detailed account of how these religious zealots manipulate the public, politicians, all branches of the government, the education system, and the media to advance their beliefs, in an attempt to replace the secular democracy in the US with a fundamentalist theocracy.
Jessica Demay
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Terrifying look at how religious extremism has taken over the Republican party, and the implications for the future of civil rights in our country.
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“Also problematic is the Christian Right’s blocking of legislation that would otherwise give people options to reduce or end their pain and suffering. It opposes medicinal marijuana for the terminally ill and calls for prosecuting doctors who euthanize terminally ill patients at the patients’ requests.” 1 likes
“Our nation was established on principles that deliberately and expressly rejected the forced state-sanctioned religiosity that was attempted by fundamentalists who put together the “Mayflower Compact.” 0 likes
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