The Fundamentals of Extremism: the Christian Right in America is an in-depth examination of the causes and characteristics of the Christian right and fundamentalists and their deleterious effects on women, children, African-Americans, gays and lesbians, politics, education, and American society. Read Full Synopsis
ENDORSEMENTS for The Fundamentals of Extremism
John Shelby Spong, retired Bishop, Diocese of Newark, New Jersey is the national best-selling author of The Fourth Gospel, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, and numerous other titles.
“Kimberly Blaker and her associates have put together a blockbuster exposé of the activities of the Religious Right. With incredible precision and cogent images, they tell their story in such a way that readers may turn quickly to their sources with confidence and security. This is no shallow treatment of an emotional subject, but a thorough analysis of a present crisis. If knowledge is power, as I believe it is, then the knowledge presented in this book will go a long way toward helping the United States retain the freedom of being a society, which though secular, can allow and even encourage a mature spirituality to develop. That is no small achievement.”
Richard Dawkins, retired Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, is the author of bestselling books including The God Delusion, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Selfish Gene, among many others.
“I have just read this brilliant book from start to finish, almost without a break, and I am stunned and horrified by what I have learned. The fundamentalist Christian Right is America’s Taliban. With the exception of the burqa (and even that, one feels, is missing only because St Paul forgot to mention it) all the ingredients are there: slavish adherence to a misunderstood old text; hatred of women, modernity, rival religions, science and pleasure; love of punishment, bullying, narrow-minded, bossy interference in every aspect of life. The Religious Right represents organized ignorance, organized bigotry, organized nastiness – and these people are on their way to taking over the Republican Party. Not least, the book persuaded me how muddled the fundamentalists are. They think they are patriots, yet they fight the letter of the Constitution and the spirit of the Founding Fathers every step of the way. The Religious Right is, in the deepest and truest sense of the word, un-American.” Read More Endorsements
ABOUT THE AUTHORS & CO-AUTHORS
Kimberly Blaker, is editor and co-author of The Fundamentals of Extremism. Her articles, commentaries, and syndicated column have appeared in more than 250 publications. This includes major dailies such as the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, San Francisco Examiner, Los Angeles Daily Journal. She’s also been published in such national magazines as The Humanist, Liberty Magazine, Complete Woman, and Playgirl. She’s also a social advocate and activist. She has successfully stood up to local government bodies and public schools for their violations of separation between church and state. Read More About the Co-Authors
“[The Fundamentals of Extremism] is filled with astonishing citations that demonstrate the virulence of the Christian fundamentalists and the negative and destructive character of their agenda. Some come from unsuspected quarters. . . . the efforts of Ms. Blaker and her collaborators to alert the American people to the dangers posed by the Christian Right are laudable. The book is well documented with 900 notes and provides a scary assessment of the religious right. It is worth reading for anyone who wishes to understand one of the constituencies Mr. Bush relies upon to stay in power for another four-year term. That one or more Supreme Court Justices may be in the balance should send people to read this book, talk to their friends and neighbors and run to the polls in November 2004.” Swans (Online) July 7, 2003 – Gilles d’Aymery, publisher and co-editor. Read More Reviews
The Fundamentals of Extremism has been translated and used in college courses. It is also cited in numerous books including Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion. In addition, it has been excerpted in national publications. Read More
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