The left hand of God: taking back our country from the religious right

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The unholy alliance of the Political Right and Religious Right threatens to destroy the America we love. It also threatens to generate a popular aversion to God and religion by identifying religious values with a pro--war, pro--business, pro--rich, anti--science, and anti--environmental stance. In the past few decades, the Republicans have achieved political dominance by forging a union with a Religious Right that provided a sanctimonious veneer to policies that help the rich get richer while ignoring the needs of the middle class and the poor, dismantling environmental and civil liberties protections, and seeking global domination. The Right champions the materialism, and ruthless selfishness promoted by the global competitive marketplace, and then laments the moral crisis when the values that people have learned all day in the world of work gets carried home into personal life and contributes to family instability and a culture of loneliness. Enter the Religious Right with nurturing communities for the faithful and a culture that blames liberals, activist judges, and all secular people for the moral and spiritual emptiness so many Americans experience. The Left, on the other hand, remains largely tone--deaf to the spiritual needs of the American people. It is the yearning for meaning in life, not just the desire for money or power that is at the core of American politics.
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display_descriptionAddressing the central mystery of contemporary politics--why so many Americans vote against their own economic interests--this book provides a timely, blunt critique of the current state of faith in government. Social theorist Lerner challenges the Left to give up its deeply held fear of religion and to distinguish between a domination-oriented, Right-Hand-of-God tradition and a more compassionate and hope-oriented Left-Hand-of-God worldview. Further, Lerner describes the ways that Democrats have misunderstood and alienated significant parts of their potential constituency. To succeed again, Lerner argues, the Democratic Party must rethink its relationship to God, champion a progressive spiritual vision, reject the old bottom line that promotes the globalization of selfishness, and deal head-on which the very real spiritual crisis that many Americans experience every day.--From publisher description.
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subject_facetChristianity and politics
Christianity and politics -- United States
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Democratic Party (U.S.)
Religion and politics
Religion and politics -- United States
Religious right
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title_displayThe left hand of God : taking back our country from the religious right
title_fullThe left hand of God : taking back our country from the religious right / Michael Lerner
title_shortThe left hand of God
title_subtaking back our country from the religious right
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Christianity and politics
Conservatism
Religion and politics
Religious aspects
Religious right