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Why the Christian Right Is Wrong: A Minister's Manifesto for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, Your Future

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"I join the ranks of those who are angry, because I have watched as the faith I love has been taken over by fundamentalists who claim to speak for Jesus but whose actions are anything but Christian."

—Robin Meyers, from his "Speech Heard Round the World"

Millions of Americans are outraged at the Bush administration's domestic and foreign policies and even angrier that the nation's religious conservatives have touted these policies as representative of moral values. Why the Christian Right Is Wrongis a rousing manifesto that will ignite the collective conscience of all whose faith and values have been misrepresented by the Christian Right.

Praise for Why the Christian Right Is Wrong:

"In the pulpit, Robin Meyers is the new generation's Harry Emerson Fosdick, George Buttrick, and Martin Luther King. In these pages, you will find a stirring message for our times, from a man who believes that God's love is universal, that the great Jewish prophets are as relevant now as in ancient times, and that the Jesus who drove the money changers from the Temple may yet inspire us to embrace justice and compassion as the soul of democracy. This is not a book for narrow sectarian minds; read it, and you will want to change the world."

—Bill Moyers

"In this book, a powerful and authentic religious voice from America's heartland holds up a mirror to the Bush administration and its religious allies. The result is a vision of Orwellian proportions in which values are inverted and violence, hatred, and bigotry are blessed by one known as 'The Prince of Peace,' who called us to love our enemies. If you treasure this country and tremble over its present direction, this book is a must-read!"

—John Shelby Spong author, The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love

"This is a timely warning and a clarion call to the church to recover the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to a great nation to resist the encroachment of the Christian Right and of Christian fascism. Many of us in other parts of the world are praying fervently that these calls will be heeded."

—Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Synopsis:

"I join the ranks of those who are angry, because I have watched as the faith I love has been taken over by fundamentalists who claim to speak for Jesus but whose actions are anything but Christian."

—Robin Meyers from his "Speech Heard Round the World"

Millions of Americans are outraged at the Bush administration's domestic and foreign policies and even angrier that the nation's religious conservatives have touted these policies as representative of moral values. Why the Christian Right Is Wrong is a rousing manifesto that will ignite the collective conscience of all whose faith and values have been misrepresented by the Christian Right.

Progressive Oklahoma minister Robin Meyers achieved instant Internet fame in 2004 when the text of his speech, given at a peace rally on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, spread like wildfire in cyberspace. Using that now-famous speech as the foundation for this book, Meyers serves up an unflinching critique of the supposed moral values of the Christian Right—the same values that we are told swung the election for President Bush.

Meyers gives voice to people of faith who believe that the actions and policies of this administration are decidedly immoral. He leads the charge for all who feel abandoned by Bush's pandering to his political base of religious conservatives at the expense of enacting policies that provide for "the least of these," a genuine Christian responsibility. A fearless critic of hypocrisy, Meyers blasts what he calls the hijacking of Christianity in the name of arrogant and unjust foreign policies, the erosion of civil rights, tax cuts to the wealthy, and the dismantling of environmental laws. This is not just a rant. It is indignation that leads to a call for nonviolent resistance.

Synopsis:

In 2004, Oklahoma minister Meyers achieved instant fame when the text of his antiwar speech at the University of Oklahoma spread like wildfire in cyberspace. Building on the themes of his now-famous speech, Meyers points out how the values of the Christian Right and the Bush administration conflict with the gospel of Christ.

About the Author

Robin Meyers is a United Church of Christ minister and a nationally known preacher and peace activist. A syndicated columnist and award-winning commentator for NPR, Meyers has appeared on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Dateline NBC, and ABC World News Tonight and was featured in the HBO documentary "The Execution of Wanda Jean," a disturbing look at the immorality of the death penalty and Meyer's efforts to save the life of the first woman to be executed in the state of Oklahoma. Meyers also writes for The Christian Century and is a professor of rhetoric at Oklahoma City University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The 9/11 Effect.

Part One: The Speech Heard Round the World.

Part Two: The Sin of Hypocrisy: Line by Line.

1. Christians Don’t Start Wars, They Try to Stop Them.

2. Missing in Action: The Sermon on the Mount.

3. Rich Chicken Hawks for Jesus.

4. Terminal False Dichotomies.

5. The National Debt, Family Values, and Why They Hate Us.

6. Homosexuals and the Politics of Death.

7. “Pro-Life” Should Include Mother Nature.

8. We Have Met the Enemy.

9. Cleansing the Temple of U.S. Health Care.

10. Christian Fascism and the War on Reason.

Part Three: A Call to Nonvolent Resistance: How to Save the Country and the Church.

Notes.

The Author.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780787984465
Subtitle:
A Minister's Manifesto for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, Your Future
Author:
Meyers, Robin
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Subject:
Conservatism
Subject:
Church and state
Subject:
Christian Life - Political Issues
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - Political Issues
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
Religion, Politics & State
Subject:
Church & State
Subject:
United States Church history 20th century.
Subject:
Christianity and politics -- United States.
Subject:
Religion, Issues & Current Affairs
Copyright:
Publication Date:
May 2006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.20x6.66x.89 in. .90 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "I join the ranks of those who are angry, because I have watched as the faith I love has been taken over by fundamentalists who claim to speak for Jesus but whose actions are anything but Christian."

—Robin Meyers from his "Speech Heard Round the World"

Millions of Americans are outraged at the Bush administration's domestic and foreign policies and even angrier that the nation's religious conservatives have touted these policies as representative of moral values. Why the Christian Right Is Wrong is a rousing manifesto that will ignite the collective conscience of all whose faith and values have been misrepresented by the Christian Right.

Progressive Oklahoma minister Robin Meyers achieved instant Internet fame in 2004 when the text of his speech, given at a peace rally on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, spread like wildfire in cyberspace. Using that now-famous speech as the foundation for this book, Meyers serves up an unflinching critique of the supposed moral values of the Christian Right—the same values that we are told swung the election for President Bush.

Meyers gives voice to people of faith who believe that the actions and policies of this administration are decidedly immoral. He leads the charge for all who feel abandoned by Bush's pandering to his political base of religious conservatives at the expense of enacting policies that provide for "the least of these," a genuine Christian responsibility. A fearless critic of hypocrisy, Meyers blasts what he calls the hijacking of Christianity in the name of arrogant and unjust foreign policies, the erosion of civil rights, tax cuts to the wealthy, and the dismantling of environmental laws. This is not just a rant. It is indignation that leads to a call for nonviolent resistance.

"Synopsis" by , In 2004, Oklahoma minister Meyers achieved instant fame when the text of his antiwar speech at the University of Oklahoma spread like wildfire in cyberspace. Building on the themes of his now-famous speech, Meyers points out how the values of the Christian Right and the Bush administration conflict with the gospel of Christ.
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