Christian Nation

Christian Nation

Book - 2013
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"They said what they would do, and we did not listen. Then they did what they said they would do." So ends the first chapter of this brilliantly readable counterfactual novel, reminding us that America's Christian fundamentalists have been consistently clear about their vision for a "Christian Nation" and dead serious about acquiring the political power to achieve it. When President McCain dies and Sarah Palin becomes president, the reader, along with the nation, stumbles down a terrifyingly credible path toward theocracy, realizing too late that the Christian right meant precisely what it said. In the spirit of Philip Roth's The Plot Against America, one of America's foremost lawyers lays out in chilling detail what such a future might look like: constitutional protections dismantled; all aspects of life dominated by an authoritarian law called "The Blessing", enforced by a totally integrated digital world known as the "Purity Web". Readers will find themselves haunted by the questions the narrator struggles to answer in this fictional memoir: "What happened, why did it happen, how could it have happened?"-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393240115
0393240118
Branch Call Number: RICH F
Characteristics: iv, 342 p. ; 25 cm

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Mark Melnychuk
May 07, 2015

It's now politically correct to be anti-Christian and this politically correct nihilism is just as oppressive in its own way as religion is potentially. Deconstructionism is a new literary school of thought which Mr. Rich seems to advocate (see page 14). Literary nihilism, as if limits are never healthy. In addition, character motivation is poor, characterization is stereotypic. A novel written by a libertine lawyer, not a true writer.

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gerrygibeault
Apr 13, 2015

I could hardly put down this this electrifying novel that shows how America could fall under the totalitarian rule of fundamentalist Christians. A very scary and compelling read!

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naturalist
Mar 30, 2015

Message from the author: . . .
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fred-rich/breaking-news-34-of-your-_1_b_3461262.html . . . .
and, . . . . .
“The 10 Most Dangerous Religious Right Organizations” . . .
from . . .
http://www.alternet.org/belief/10-most-dangerous-religious-right-organizations . . .
and . . .
“What Is Christian Nationalism?”
by Michelle Goldberg, posted on May 14, 2011, at The Blog, from . . .
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-goldberg/what-is-christian-nationa_b_20989.html

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bbb1771
Aug 30, 2013

What makes this work of fiction so terrifying is the significant touchstones of reality woven into the narrative. Tea Party, right wing Republicans and the US polictical system as a whole is dominated by people who want their governments to fail regularly so they can point and say "Government doesn't work". To see a realistic alternative history where Sarah Palin is not the most frightening character requires very little imagination on the part of the reader. Very well written, disturbing, very possible in the near future as the US population ages and becomes increasingly fearful and intolerant.

mrmervis Aug 15, 2013

I wanted to like this book more than I did. Unfortunately it reads a lot like Glenn Beck's Overton Window, with some characters only serving as a means of exposition and others just being too one sided.

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allegravan
Jul 09, 2013

@wtrclpppr - given that the library is a rather in the middle organization and not catering specifically to your wishes, perhaps a better use of your time is finding books that you may actually like. There are thousands upon thousands, after all. And oh, which religion holds such as first tenet? Aren't we touchy?

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