I thought Phillips' The American Theocracy was good;
"Phillips makes a very interesting argument that the old North-South split in this country is far deeper and more ingrained than most people realize, and that one way of looking at American politics today is to say that the South managed the aftermath of its defeat in 1865 [such] that it is now the dominant section of the country."
There is a Christian kiddie camp somewhere that is espousing those views (6 year olds repenting their evil sins ) and that it is a shame that Christians aren't as ready to die for Christ. As if it's a competition. I'll see if I can find a link to these nuts.
Oh, and a Catholic from NH has written a book on how the Christian right is not trying to take over the government (Book TV), but frankly he wasn't very convincing ... and not at all comforting. I think it's pretty obvious that all arguments which seek to abridge the our tacit separation of church and state are a threat to religious freedom and, obviously, a threat to secular freedom.
For years the religious right has attempted to insinuate Christianity into all manner of secular forums -- everywhere from the censorship of books and films in my youth, since I can remember when Lady Chatterley was banned in Boston, to the failure of libaries to carry copies of Ingersoll's treatise on atheism, to obliging courts and public schools to swear oaths and allegiances to religious concepts.
I consider the congressional insertion of under God in the Pledge of Allegiance to have been a direct attack on the freedom of religion and an attempt to subvert the government. To me, it was treason.
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