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The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege

by Damon Linker

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This is well-written book, by a man who worked for the periodical First Things from May 2001 to February 2005. He does not tell how he came to work for thsm, nor why he stayed so long since he is convinced the agenda of the editor, Father Richard Neuhaus, is a dangerous one. Much that the author says about the Bush administration is true, and especially on Iraq the book is on target. But since I have from day one believed that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be overturned, I could not get as excited as Linker is about some of the eforts of Neuhaus and George Weigel and their compatriots. I strongly deplore the effort to have the Church be a shill for the Republican Party, and Linker is right to deplore the effort to align the Church with the Republicans. A very thought-provoking book, which should be read by all concerned with the political drift of our country. ( )
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George W. Bush has gone out of his way to blur the line between religion and politics in America—this is acknowledged by his strongest supporters no less than by his most strident critics. The most common explanation of the president’s religious agenda points to rise of evangelical Protestantism. Yet as Damon Linker demonstrates in his groundbreaking book, an exclusive focus on the role of evangelicals misses the heart of the story. At its core, the Bush administration’s overt religiosity represents the triumph of an ideological movement that for the past several decades has devoted itself to fashioning a theocratic governing philosophy for the United States—a governing philosophy rooted in Roman Catholicism. Led by Father Richard John Neuhaus, this group of “theoconservatives” has actively sought to roll back the division of church and state in American life.

The election of 2000 brought the theocons to the peak of political power and influence in Washington. Their ideas inspire the most controversial and divisive policies of the Bush administration—policies whose ultimate goal is nothing less than the end of secular politics in America.

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