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God and Government : Twenty-Five Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism, and Freedom of Conscience
by Barry W. Lynn


Overview - A central player in every major church-state-separation battle for decades, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn understands the complexities of this divisive issue like few others. As a long-time activist, a civil rights lawyer, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he offers a unique perspective and a wealth of experience on church-state controversies.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A central player in every major church-state-separation battle for decades, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn understands the complexities of this divisive issue like few others. As a long-time activist, a civil rights lawyer, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he offers a unique perspective and a wealth of experience on church-state controversies. In this lively book, he has compiled his writings from various sources to explore in depth the many ways religious extremists have attempted to erode individual liberties.
The topics range from publicly-promoted prayer to efforts to undermine public education and replace it with taxpayer-subsidized vouchers for religious schools, interfering with end-of-life and reproductive rights, censorship, and belligerence directed against nonbelievers and minorities.
Lynn concludes that the ultimate goal of these extremist forces consisting mainly of the Protestant Religious Right and the Roman Catholic hierarchy is the creation of a corporate theocracy, a decidedly undemocratic system of government in which nonconservative Christians, along with humanist, feminists, and the LGBTQ community, are relegated to second-class status in America."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781633880245
  • ISBN-10: 1633880249
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 334


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Books > Religion > Religion, Politics & State
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-07-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

Lynn is the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a United Church of Christ minister, and a lawyer. He makes his points with vigor in this blustery, repetitious, sometimes tiresome compilation of speeches, newspaper editorials, blog posts, and essays chronicling his work. Ranging widely over topics including debates over evolution, the tactics of the religious right, prayer in public schools, and tuition tax credits, Lynn gustily protests any encroachment of religious groups make on secular territory. In his 2002 speech to the Texas Civil Liberties Union, he lists ten reasons to be suspicious of members of the religious right, including their hypocrisy and their use of pressure and intimidation to achieve their purposes when blocked through normal channels. In his comments to a 2012 conference of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, he declares that Catholic canon lawyers engage in "unimaginable distortions of liberty and freedom," and proclaims a "moral duty to prevent these distorted claims from successfully becoming part of American judicial philosophy." Because of the defeat of government-sponsored prayer in public schools, as well as ever-increasing support for teaching evolution in public schools, Lynn remains guardedly optimistic that secularists will win and keep religion out of the public square. (Aug.)

 
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