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Close Encounters with the Religious Right: Journeys Into the Twilight Zone of Religion and Politicsby Rob Boston
Synopses & Reviews
What does Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition really want? What secret agenda lies behind radio counselor James Dobson's Focus on the Family? Who are the Promise Keepers and what are their ultimate goals? Why do so many leaders of the religious right engage in gay bashing? What would these groups do to our public school system, or to our government, if they were in power? Close Encounters with the Religious Right takes you behind the scenes to answer these questions and gives the reader a rare glimpse of a world the average American may not even realize exists.
Author Robert Boston, of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, has spent the past twelve years doggedly tracking the religious right. As a "permanent resident alien" he has attended their meetings, read their publications, watched their videos, and debated their leaders in the national media. Boston contends that despite claims to the contrary, the religious right is not dead as a political force and may be stronger than ever. Backed by millions of dollars, powerful television and radio ministries that reach every corner of the nation, and slick magazines, zealous right-wing groups are still very much involved in politics and are determined to convert America into a fundamentalist "Christian" nation that conforms to their narrow definition of Christianity. The next few years, says Boston, could determine the fate of traditional American liberties like separation of church and state and freedom of the press.
Close Encounters with the Religious Right is an eye-opening expose, revealing a sometimes funny but more often disturbing world of fanaticism and extremism.
Book News Annotation:
Boston (assistant director of communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State) explains the activities of various organizations and individuals active in the American religious right movement. Separate chapters are devoted to D. James Kennedy, the Christian Coalition, Jerry Falwell, the Promise Keepers, John Whitehead and the Rutherford Institute, Dr. James Dobson, and the Family Research Council. Boston asserts that reports of the movements death have been greatly exaggerated and details the political and social goals of the organizations and people covered.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Having spent the last 12 years doggedly tracking the religious right, Boston now offers revealing insights about its message and intentions, including its campaign to do away with separation of church and state, privacy rights, and religious liberty. Photos.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-274) and index.
About the Author
Robert Boston, assistant director of communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, is the author of The Most Dangerous Man in America? Pat Robertson and the Rise of the Christian Coalition and Why the Religious Right Is Wrong about Separation of Church and State.
Table of Contents
Reclaiming America for right-wing, homophobic zealots : D. James Kennedy's big adventure — Road to victory or highway to hell : getting carsick with the Christian Coalition — Jerry Falwell : from moral majoritarian to marginal moaner — Men behaving politely : a weekend with the Promise Keepers — A Jones to bash the president? John Whitehead and the Rutherford Institute — Dare to be a Religious Right hack : Dr. James Dobson and the politics of "family values" — It came from darkest Colorado (and Michigan) : a visit to the Family Research Council.
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