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on 18 May 2015
Interesting, if repetitive, book on the recent (2008) collapse of the US Republican party at the ballot box; suggesting it has been hijacked by Christian fundamentalists. Such people swap reality for self-righteous ideology and act accordingly. This book points out that this is primarily because of the abusive childhood's that many suffered, in which suffering was equated with purification. Regular beatings helped instil the view that doing the same to others was right and necessary; explaining why they continue to do it to their children. It also explains why they preach and practice political violence from murdering abortionists to invading Iraq and why regular sexual scandals erupt into public view when such people are discovered purchasing the services of the very people they condemn: Eg, prostitutes, pornographers & homosexuals.

The failure of the Right to be consistent helps explain its losses at the polls as well as its inherent sadomasochism. The great sadness revealed by this book is that so many people like this - seeking the fulfillment of unfulfilled childhood longings - so permeate public life in the West.

Indeed, since these groups are almost exclusively White' their White supremacism is as self-evident as the desire of their individual members to elevate their personal traumas into the political sphere. This is particularly true sexually, where the tendency of Christians to try and repress their sexuality is matched by their equal and opposite tendency to become inevitably fixated on the very thing they claim as the source of all evil. All the while hiding behind protestations of defending family values.
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on 12 September 2010
This is an excellent book. Blumenthal explains in great detail the history of some of the Religious Right's most powerful backgrounds and how their histories are affected by sexual encounters. The contradictory nature of some of the movement (for example, some pastors rant about homosexuality being evil and yet hire gay men for sex) makes you think how ridiculous they can be. Greatly recommended for anybody who is interested in the evangelical influence in the Republican Party and how corrupt it is.
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