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Steve Zara's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by Steve Zara

I have just finished "Attack of the Theocrats!". This is a brief review:

Read it. This is an important book that should stir readers into action. It's an easy read, but a shocking one. Being typically British, much of the USA's constitution has been a mystery to me, but it is much less so now, and I can now appreciate the wisdom and brilliance of the founders of the United States. Because I now have that appreciation, thanks to this book, I also can appreciate the shocking degree to which the religious right are attempting to destroy the work of the founders, against the general will of the people of the USA.

Having said that, this book has flaws. It's patchy in style, with some sections containing slightly forced humour, and there are some bizarre diversions in places. There is also an over-use of the same examples of the dangers of religious legal immunities, which gives an impression, true or false, of lack of examples. The book reads a bit like the efforts of Michael Moore, which could lead to the false impression that there is exaggeration for effect, when that is not the case. I think a somewhat calmer style would have let the facts stand for themselves more.

I wish I could say that this book was a pleasure to read. But given the seriousness of the political disease it diagnoses, that's not really appropriate. However, it was a relief to see Faircloth's agenda for secularism, with a positive and achievable strategy.

I'm not a true secularist in the usual sense of the word, because my ideal society is one in which religion is treated like any other personal unscientific view of the world. We need no separation of state and astrologers, so I don't believe we should consider separation of state and religion to be some end-condition. However, that is going to take time, and until then, the strategy has to be secularism.

This book shows that Faircloth's secularism is the true patriotic approach to politics intended by the founders, and his work should be supported by anyone, religious or non-believer, who supports fairness and equality. Richard Dawkins is fortunate indeed to have Faircloth as a colleague.

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 04:56:34 UTC | #919478