Saturday, September 15, 2012

Book Review: Holy Terror: Lies The Christian Right Tells Us To Deny Gay Equality by Mel White

Reviewer: Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
Publisher: Magnus Books, May 2012, 
Pages: 350

A frequently-mentioned rule of the US Constitution calls for a separation of church and state, meaning that religion should not impact on the functions of government. The violation of this basic concept has never been more evident than in the current political climate, in which religion and its teachings have been cited as the justification for denying equal rights to LGBTQ individuals.

The author has a unique perspective as a witness to this influence, having worked for over 30 years with evangelical Christian institutions and leaders, and spent 25 years since then working to expose this "holy war" against homosexuals, and urge justice and understanding for all. The revelation is that the "Christian Right" actually deserves neither of those words in its name. 

It must be noted that this book was originally published in hardcover in 2006, as "Religion Gone Bad," and I could find no updates or changes to that text as it appears in this new paperbound release. Considering the inroads made by rightwing politicians in the interim, it is somewhat out of date. Give it four stars out of five. 

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