Do “In God We Trust,” the Declaration of Independence, and other historical “evidence” prove that America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles? Are the Ten Commandments the basis for American law? A constitutional attorney dives into the debate about religion’s role in America’s founding.
In today’s contentious political climate, understanding religion’s role in American government is more important than ever. Christian nationalists assert that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and advocate an agenda based on this popular historical claim. But is this belief true? The Founding Myth answers the question once and for all. Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney at the Freedom from Religion Foundation, builds his case point by point, comparing the Ten Commandments to the Constitution and contrasting biblical doctrine with America’s founding philosophy, showing that the Bible contradicts the Declaration of Independence’s central tenets. Thoroughly researched, this persuasively argued and fascinating book proves that America was not built on the Bible and that Christian nationalism is, in fact, un-American.
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Christian privilege is growing every day. Tax excempt donations go to churches with tax exempt spending and political power. The Supreme Court is bent on destroying the wall of separation, the latest ruling allowing the government to fund 40' Christian crosses as a "secular symbol". They permit Muslim death row inmates to have Christian clergy at their execution. We have exemptions to laws that Christians don't have to follow, and that includes "Christian" companies because companies seem to be people too. Abortion rights are being demolished with zero regard for not-yet-mothers, no accountability for the sperm donor, no compassion for rape victims, no support for unwanted children, and no compassion for short and miserable lives for babies born with expensive and untreatable medical conditions. Its disgusting.
This book does not cover this expanding list of privileges and abuses of the system, but it offers a great historical perspective on why the Christian Nationalist narrative is flat out wrong. It does cover political perspectives concerning the Christian Nationalists support of Trump. This is important information in combating our march towards theocracy. Read it now.
I’ve just begun reading this, but have already found within only the first 13 pages some rather glaring typos. I suspect an immediate review and update is in order.
My rating will, I’m sure, change once further into the book.