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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (Jan. 8 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743284461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743284462
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan O'Mara on May 21 2010
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An eye-opening account of how some Christian fundamentalist groups are punching above their weight, having infiltrated all levels of government. This book is not an attack on mainstream Christianity but is aimed rather at those fundamentalist types who are intent on pushing their version of morality onto the rest of the population, where there will be no room for other faiths, homosexuals, abortion, or even working women. It is a cautionary tale, a wake-up call. Well worth reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Banner on April 4 2012
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This is a fascinating journey through the underbeely of US in which the author uncovers the horrifying strategies at loose within the evangelical movement. This book is an eye opener. I will never look at US politics quite the same way ever again.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Brian Griffith TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 11 2007
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We might assume that the right-wing Christian nationalist dream is waning in America, but Chris Hedges does not. Touring around the country he finds an undimminished movement for a full-blown theocratic state. As he quotes James Kennedy,

"Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As vice-regents of God, we are to execize godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports areanas, our entertainment media, our scientific endeavors -- in short, over every aspect and institution of human society" (p. 58)

Hedges travels widely to hear great speakers, attend seminars and visit with radical fundamentalists. He offers some understanding, or perhaps pity, towards these people's needs for order, direction, certitude and righteousness in a chaotic society. But this sympathy is limited by a conviction that these people are pushing his country towards totalitarian fascism. He notes that the Dominionist agenda calls for a restoration of harsh ancient laws from before the time of Jesus or of modern Judaism: the death penalty for adultery, homosexuality, blasphemy, incest, striking a parent, incorrigible juvenile delinquency, and, in the case of women, unchastity before marriage. Beyond this Hedges sees a regressive agenda to make Christianity more supportive of powerful economic interests:

"... When it is faith alone that will determine your wellbeing, when faith alone cures illness, overcomes emotional distress, and ensures financial and physical security, there is no need for outside, secular institutions, for social service and regulatory agencies to exist. ... To put trust in secular institutions is to lack faith, to give up on God's magic and miracles.
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