By Bill Press
Within the wake of an election obvious by means of many as a effective victory for “moral values,” political commentator and one-time seminarian invoice Press launches a counteroffensive opposed to the so-called non secular right.
For a long time, Press argues, conservative preachers comparable to Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and James Dobson—joined by means of so much Catholic bishops—have outlined faith so narrowly that Democrats and liberals were driven open air the fold. in line with their slim gospel, God positioned George Bush within the White condo to house gays, weapons, and abortion—and those that don’t agree are at the certain street to hell.
Bill Press says it’s time to take faith again: “Who gave this gang the news on faith, besides? the best way I learn the Gospels, Jesus was once as liberal as Paul Wellstone. He certain as hell wouldn’t were a registered Republican. another thing’s evidently: if Jesus ever got here again to earth, there’s one gang he wouldn’t hang around with; and that’s this phony bunch of pious, puffed-up preachers who put on faith on their sleeves.”
How the Republicans Stole Christmas can also be Press’s fervent name to Democrats and liberals to reclaim faith and go back it to its simple ideas of social justice, charity, and tolerance. Press argues that the correct didn’t simply thieve faith, the Left allow them to have it, delivering no resistance as conservatives dictated what’s correct and what’s mistaken. yet on today’s social concerns, in line with Press, non secular conservatives have got all of it fallacious. they've got became Jesus from a loving Messiah who championed the negative and dispossessed right into a cold-blooded suggest for the wealthy and robust. Press doesn't confine his criticisms to so-called Christian leaders; he uncovers an analogous wrong-headed traits in different faiths and between nonbelievers, who even this day grasp to the outdated testomony as a suitable code of behavior.
From the Hardcover edition.