"Kingdom Coming", by Michelle Goldberg
I finished this book last night. Unless you've been under a rock for the past 7 years, you know that there's been a religious+political movement in America to limit our freedoms and subvert our choices. This book does a good job showing just how insiduous this movement is. I had no idea how many of Bush's cronies knew each other well before Bush got into office (and the circumstances that they met). Goldberg's book didn't "scare" me, but it raised my concern a bit. She made the point at the end that even if Democrats get political control back (as it seems to be) it'll take some time to undo the damage that the Christian nationalists have done (it's really not a Democrat vs. Republican issue; it's a religious movement working through the political vein). Faith-based initiatives may sound like a good thing, but Goldberg goes into disturbing details about the lack of monetary and social checks and balances that go on within some of these programs.
I'd definitely recommend reading this book, but if you're of the mindset that America is a Christian nation (which it isn't) then you're probably not going to enjoy it (although I'd still encourage you to pick up a copy and peruse its content). I'm tired of what's been going on in this country. I've always felt like I lived in a country where people were free to believe what they want to believe and say what they want to say, even if I didn't agree with the beliefs and words of others, and I liked that. Unfortunately, that feeling of freedom has been slowly eroding over the last 7 years, and this book illustrates why. I want a goverment where it's not telling churches how to act (i.e. keeping separation of church and state). I want a nation where I'm considered an equal citizen and a patriot even though I choose not to follow any religion (amazingly, Bush doesn't know if he wants that - check out the "George Bush on atheism and patriotism" section, where he says, "No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."). I want a society that embraces science and technology rather than shoving creationism in all of its forms into the public science classrooms. This book shows that America is going down paths where those freedoms are in question, and its citizens need to make decisions to determine if that's the way it wants to go in the future.
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