By Michael Lerner
The unholy alliance of the Political correct and the spiritual correct threatens to smash the the United States we like. It additionally threatens to generate a favored aversion to God and faith by means of making a choice on non secular values with a pro-war, pro-business, pro-rich, anti-science, and anti-environmental stance. over the last few a long time, the Republicans have accomplished political dominance via forging a union with the non secular correct. This marriage has supplied a sanctimonious veneer for regulations that experience helped the wealthy get richer whereas ignoring the wishes of the center type and the terrible, dismantling environmental and civil liberties protections, and looking worldwide domination. the correct champions the materialism and ruthless selfishness promoted by means of unrestrained capitalism after which laments the ethical crises of relations instability and loneliness skilled via those that carry those advertisement values into their houses and private lives. In reaction, the non secular correct bargains insular groups for the trustworthy and a tradition that blames liberals, activist judges, homosexuals, self reliant ladies, and all secular humans for the ethical and non secular vacancy such a lot of american citizens event. but, besides the fact that distorted either the Right's research and its suggestions to America's non secular concern can be, it wins allegiance through addressing the human starvation for a existence with a few better objective. The Left, against this, continues to be mostly tone-deaf to the non secular wishes of the yank humans. it's the longing for that means in lifestyles, not only the will for cash or energy, that lies on the middle of yank politics. Addressing the principal secret of latest politics -- why such a lot of american citizens vote opposed to their very own fiscal pursuits -- The Left Hand of God presents a useful, well timed, and blunt critique of the present nation of religion in govt. Lerner demanding situations the Left to renounce its deeply held worry of faith and to differentiate among a domination-oriented, Right-Hand-of-God culture and a extra compassionate and hope-oriented Left-Hand-of-God worldview. additional, Lerner describes the ways in which Democrats have misunderstood and alienated major elements in their capability constituency. To be triumphant back, Lerner argues, the Democratic get together needs to reconsider its dating to God, champion a revolutionary non secular imaginative and prescient, reject the outdated base line that promotes the globalization of selfishness, and deal head-on with the very genuine non secular situation that many american citizens adventure each day. Lerner provides a imaginative and prescient that comes with after which is going a long way past modern liberal and innovative politics. He argues for a brand new base line in our financial system, colleges, and executive. it is a essentially clean technique, person who takes religious wishes heavily in our fiscal and political lives. featuring an eight-point revolutionary religious covenant with the United States, Lerner presents a blueprint for the way the Democratic occasion can successfully problem the suitable and place itself to win the White residence and Congress. via attractive to spiritual, secular, and non secular yet no longer unavoidably spiritual humans, The Left Hand of God blazes a path which could switch our global and reclaim the US from the non secular correct.
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Bush. Over and over again, both in the 1980s and I'm afraid even today, we hear the Left explain its defeat in terms that imply that anyone who voted for Reagan (or Bush) must be pathological, stupid, or hopelessly reactionary. Yet the vast majority of the thousands of Reagan supporters we got to know through our research were ordinary, sane, and reasonably smart people, as, in general, are the Bush supporters we have interviewed over the past five years. Nor can the people who fill the mega-churches of the Religious Right be dismissed as unedu- The Real World's Bottom Line 43 cated fools or illiterate fanatics; they are as often working people who have completed college and whose income puts them close to the middle of the economic range in America.
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The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right by Michael Lerner