By Michelle Goldberg
"A effective wakeup name to pluralists within the coming showdown with Christian nationalists."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Michelle Goldberg, a senior political reporter for Salon.com, has been masking the intersection of politics and beliefs for years. earlier than the 2004 election, and through the consequent months while many american citizens have been attempting to know how an management marked by means of cronyism, put out of your mind for the nationwide finances, and poorly disguised self-interest were reinstated, Goldberg traveled throughout the heartland of a rustic within the grips of a fevered spiritual radicalism: the the US of our time. From the school room to the mega-church to the federal courtroom, she observed how the starting to be effect of dominionism-the doctrine that Christians have the precise to rule nonbelievers-is threatening the rules of democracy.
In Kingdom Coming, Goldberg demonstrates how an more and more bellicose fundamentalism is gaining traction all through our nationwide lifestyles, taking us on a journey of the parallel right-wing evangelical tradition that's buoyed through Republican political patronage. Deep in the purple zones of a divided the US, we meet army retirees pledging to grab the kingdom in Christ's identify, perfidious congressmen dating the arrogance of neo-confederates and proponents of theocracy, and leaders of federally funded courses providing Jesus because the method to the country's social problems.
together with her trenchant interviews and the telling tales of the folks in the back of this stream, Goldberg earnings entry into the hearts and minds of electorate who're striving to remake the secular Republic bequeathed by way of our founders right into a Christian state run based on their interpretation of scripture. In her exam of the ever-widening divide among believers and nonbelievers, Goldberg illustrates the subversive impression of this conservative stranglehold national. In an age while religion instead of cause is heralded and the values of the Enlightenment are threatened via a paranormal nationalism claiming divine sanction, Kingdom Coming brings us head to head with the irrational forces which are remaking a lot of the US
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The birth of the Christian nation means the destruction of the pluralist beacon that inspires the often anguished love of liberal patriots. America is not yet close to becoming a theocracy, but it is in danger of turning into a place where only conservative Christians really belong. The Ten Commandments, after all, are not ecumenical rules for living. While some of them, like, "Thou shalt not kill," are part of every religious system, four others are sectarian injunctions against worshipping other gods, working on the Sabbath, and taking God's name in vain.
Three and a half weeks later, on November 3, a dozen or so volunteers for Americans Coming Together (ACT)—the "interlopers" of Parsley's sermon, who had come to Ohio to turn out the progressive vote— slumped stunned in front of a TV in their suddenly deserted Columbus headquarters. Off to the side, a blonde girl sobbed quietly. Bush had won. Anti-gay-marriage initiatives, many of which also banned domestic partnerships and other legal recognition for gay couples, had passed resoundingly in all eleven states where they were on the ballot, including Ohio.
A few went further and hinted that liberal judges deserved violent retribution. With supporters like Hostettler, the Constitution Restoration Act passed the House in 2004. It stalled in the Senate, despite the support of powerful Republicans including Brownback, South Carolina's Lindsey Graham, Colorado's Wayne Allard, and Mississippi's Trent Lott, the former Senate majority leader. In 2005, it was reintroduced in both houses. The 2004 GOP platform explicitly endorsed the ideas behind the Constitution Restoration Act, saying, "A Republican Congress, working with a Republican president, will restore the separation of powers and re-establish a government of law.