"There are myriad threats to any nation’s existence that do not all issue forth from invading armies or terrorist threats.
This year has seen the Religious Right seize control of the Republican Party on the state level and at the national convention, controlling everything from the political platform to the presidential nominee selection process. Meeting this challenge means understanding the nature of the threat. Facing The Wrath is an essential guide which provides a comprehensive overview including profiles of the Christian Coalition and Christian Right groups, the assault on the Public Broadcasting System, immigrant bashing, "Dominion theology" seeking to substitute biblical law for secular law.
"You feel frustrated, even angry, at the impotence of our political system today. It seems broken, but the truth is that the Religious Right has infiltrated the political system and are creating this stalemate with very little regard for anything outside their agenda. They have a specific plan for this nation, and it will not be a democracy when all is said and done.
While there have been plenty of books written about the left, scholars have haven't paid anywhere near the same attention to the American right. This book, one of the most sweeping studies of its kind goes a long way toward rectifying the imbalance by delineating the currents of conservative thought from early in the century to today and identifying the groups?from the Ku Klux Klan to contemporary paleo-and neo-conservatives, libertarians, and the Christian right (though, perhaps strangely, not the NRA)?that espouse them.
The f-word crops up in the most respectable quarters these days. Yet if the provocative title of this exposé by Hedges (War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning)—sounds an alarm, the former New York Times foreign correspondent takes care to employ his terms precisely and decisively. As a Harvard Divinity School graduate, his investigation of the Christian Right agenda is even more alarming given its lucidity.