Monday, May 08, 2006

American Theocracy?

American Theocracy by Kevin Phillips is on the New York Times best-seller list. The book's theme is that America under Pres. George W. Bush is a Religious Right theocracy. I guess that explains the absence of prayer in public schools, the widespread and constitutionally protected availability of abortion on demand, and the continuing removal of the Ten Commandments, crosses, and manger scenes from the public square.

Oh, wait! These examples prove the opposite of the book's theme. In reality, the Christian Right has some influence but not nearly enough to dominate American society. Whatever research Phillips did, it was woefully inadequate.

Despite the invalidity of the book's premise, liberals, many of whom are highly prejudiced against religion in general and the Christian Right especially, will continue to keep the book flying off the shelves.


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