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Sep 19 2011

The Other (Far More Important) Book On Sarah Palin

The Kindle version of Leah Burton’s new book, God, Guns and Greed: A Dangerous Path For America, is now available. (The print version isn’t listed yet, but I’ll update as soon as it is.)

Unlike Joe McGinniss, whose much publicized book on Sarah Palin is coming out tomorrow, Leah Burton didn’t have to move in next door to the Palins and dig up stuff to write about them. Leah is a native Alaskan and former lobbyist who knew all about Sarah Palin long before she became a household name. Leah is also an expert on Christian dominionism who immediately saw the danger of a religious ideologue like Palin rising to the level of running for vice president, and, more importantly, that this is much bigger than just Palin.

I’m reading Leah’s book right now, and will be writing a full review once I finish it, but I can already say that this book is getting two thumbs up from me based on what I’ve read so far. I also plan to have Leah as a guest on my soon to debut podcast. But for now, here’s the book description of God, Guns and Greed from the Amazon page:

From the moment Sarah Palin walked across the stage in Minnesota after being announced as McCain’s Vice Presidential candidate in 2008, a new tide of religious conservatism erupted. This is the former Religious Right on steroids. No matter where Palin ends up, it is what she has already brought to the political landscape in America that cannot be reversed. New candidates who echo her same zealotry are now forming the frontrunners for the GOP 2012 nomination.

God, Guns and Greed is a primer to the strange but powerful elements of religious extremism that are enjoying a resurgence in American politics. The reality of “Political Dominionsim” is far more complicated than a handful of devoted Christians expressing their freedom of speech. It is a political ideaology, masking as religion, that crosses denominational lines, and dictates the belief that God has ordered followers to both take actual physical dominion over the Earth, and specifies that the “End Times” cannot (or will not) come until this is achieved. When believers in this terrifying philosophy are also running for offices as high as the President of the United States, all Americans need to sit up and take notice.

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    MikeMa

    I have long decried Palin as the key actor in making bigotry and stupidity fashionable. Her rallies during the election were scary and depressing. People who had thought and felt ‘bigotry’ no longer felt chastened by culture to keep their ignorance hidden. They may even have been ashamed (in mixed company). Palin made it okay to shout their opinions to the world.

    Leah Burton seems to tap deeper, even scarier political possibilities linked to the same insanity. I do hope the constitution can keep these dim bulbs restrained since cultural taboo seems no longer up to the task.

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    raven

    It is a political ideaology, masking as religion, that crosses denominational lines, and dictates the belief that God has ordered followers to both take actual physical dominion over the Earth,…

    Well good luck with taking physical dominion over the earth. Xians are 30% of the world’s population. The religion is slowly dying in the USA with 1-2 million people leaving every year according to the National Council of Churches.

    The fundie death cults are running out of time to destroy the US and its democracy. It’s a race between whether they destroy us or their religion.

    and specifies that the “End Times” cannot (or will not) come until this is achieved.

    And why can’t the Apocalypse come any time god wants? Isn’t god all powerful, the creator of a 13.7 billion year old universe 6,000 years ago? The guy who once got mildly annoyed with humans and poured water on us until only 8 people were left alive?

    Xians claim their god is all powerful and then act like he is sick, asleep, drunk, doesn’t care, or…that he doesn’t really exist. Only an imaginary sockpuppet god would need humans to do anything in the real world.

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    kmg50

    It’s always about the usual stuff. Fear, ego, ignorance, greed, and fear again. Ideology, including religion, is just the story used to justify their agenda, which is power, status,and money. The ordinary followers are ignorant and hate what they can’t understand or achieve. Science, art, or just an open educated society are what the fear and hate. The ignorant redneck who wants to feel like he’s as good as those uppity “liberal elites”, or the attractive grifter like Palin can all use the same bad religion to justify the hate and greed. In the end, we are what we do, not what we say we believe.
    kmg50

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