Why The Christian Right Is Wrong

“In the pulpit, Robin Meyers is the new generation’s Harry Emerson Fosdick, George Buttrick, and Martin Luther King. In these pages, you will find a stirring message for our times, from a man who believes that God’s love is universal, that the great Jewish prophets are as relevant now as in ancient times, and that the Jesus who drove the money changers from the Temple may yet inspire us to embrace justice and compassion as the soul of democracy. This is not a book for narrow sectarian minds; read it, and you will want to change the world.” —Bill Moyers

“In this book, a powerful and authentic religious voice from America’s heartland holds up a mirror to the Bush administration and its religious allies. The result is a vision of Orwellian proportions in which values are inverted and violence, hatred, and bigotry are blessed by one known as ‘The Prince of Peace,’ who called us to love our enemies. If you treasure this country and tremble over its present direction, this book is a must-read!” —John Shelby Spong, author, The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love

“This is a timely warning and a clarion call to the church to recover the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to a great nation to resist the encroachment of the Christian Right and of Christian fascism. Many of us in other parts of the world are praying fervently that these calls will be heeded.” —Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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    “What
    we need, now more than ever, are communities of dignified indignance,”
    says Robin Meyers. He is the pastor of just such a community: Mayflower
    Congregational Church in Oklahoma
    City, an oasis of progressive religion in a very “red” state. Mayflower
    the fastest-growing United Church of Christ congregation in the
    Oklahoma-Kansas area. In 2004, Robin gave a speech at a peace rally at
    the University
    of Oklahoma. His words challenged the morality and the purportedly
    Christian identity of the current leaders of this nation. Students who
    attended the rally asked for his notes, and they typed them into an
    email which they sent around the country. People forwarded the email to
    their friends, and Meyers received thousands of enthusiastic
    responses. Three copies of his speech, sent to me by different people,
    made their way into my in-box, and I found his words to be a succinct
    _expression of my own sentiments. As a consequence of
    this sudden notoriety, he was offered a contract to write a book that
    would put flesh on the bones of his speech. Using biblical images and
    passages, Meyers challenges, point by point, the claims and aims of the
    “Christian right” which have gained such traction in Washington. No, there’s nothing in traditional Christian “just war theory” that supported the invasion of Iraq. No,
    Jesus was not about vilifying or even “reforming” gay and lesbian
    people. Jesus was about extravagant welcome, not exclusion. No, there’s
    nothing in the Sermon on the Mount that would encourage what Meyers
    boldly describes as the growing fascism in America. No,
    it isn’t a good idea to put the Ten Commandments in courthouses. “Why
    are followers of Jesus not weeping and praying over the eight
    beatitudes or cursing the darkness of a commander in chief who taunts
    our enemies instead of praying for them?” asks Meyers. No, the Bible
    doesn’t make it moral to weaken environmental laws. The God of the Ark
    didn’t sanction the wholesale slaughter of endangered species. No, a
    “compassionate conservative” isn’t a politician who allows 45 million
    Americans to live without health insurance, and allows millions more to
    suffer with inadequate coverage.Meyers’ book is a
    passionate plea for Christians to hit the streets and engage in
    politics for the causes of justice and peace. But he repeatedly
    succumbs to the temptation of mimicking the polemical style of the very
    people he excoriates. When he recently spoke at our church in Sausalito,
    California, he disclaimed any final authority about the kind of
    politics that Christianity or the Bible demand of us. In person, I
    found him to be much gentler and kinder than his book would have
    suggested. The book is peppered with harshly personal insults against
    George Bush and the leaders of the “Christian Right”, which I found to
    be gratuitous. And the elephant-skin design on the cover is as
    blatantly partisan an attack as is the title. I share Meyers’
    unhappiness with many of our politicians’ actions and especially with
    their abuse of Christian scripture and tradition. But I aspire to an
    indignation that Meyers expresses with more dignity face-to-face than
    he does in print.“Why
    the Christian Right Is Wrong” is oxygen for progressive Christians who
    feel dispirited by the hijacking of their faith for a retrograde
    political agenda. I am grateful for the energy that Meyers’ eloquence
    gives me as a pastor to display “tangible resistance” to the direction
    this country is taking. And the excesses of his rhetoric inspire me to
    find less incendiary and more effective language to help take back our
    religion, our flag, and our country.  

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