Blasphemy: How the Religious Right is Hijacking the Declaration of Independence

Blasphemy: How the Religious Right is Hijacking the Declaration of Independence

by Alan Dershowitz

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In Blasphemy: How the Religious Right is Hijacking the Declaration of Independence , author Alan Dershowitz proves that no relation exists between the Declaration of Independence’s “Creator and “Nature’s God,” on the one hand, and the Judeo-Christian God of the Old and New Testaments, on the other hand. Learn about the religious right’s goal to Christianize America by using the Declaration of Independence and arguing that this document proves that the United States was founded on Biblical law. Understand everything from the argument to the documentation that Dershowitz uses to disprove this historical distortion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470084557
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/04/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Alan Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, is one of the country's foremost appellate lawyers and a distinguished defender of individualliberties. His many books include the #1 New York Times bestseller Chutzpah, Preemption, and the Wiley books The Case for Israel, also a New York Times bestseller; The Case for Peace; What Israel Means to Me; and Finding Jefferson. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Is the United States a Christian Nation?     1
The God of the Declaration: Is He the God of Today's Christian Right?     11
The Christian Right's Strategy to Turn the Declaration into a Baptismal Certificate     77
What Are "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God"?     123
Conclusion     157
The Declaration of Independence     167
Notes     173
Index     187

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"This is an engaging refutation of an insidious form of 'political correctness' of the right - the nonsensical idea that our country was founded on Christian principles. Anyone, left or right, who admires the foundations of American democracy will enjoy this spirited reminder of the Founding Fathers' true genius." - Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor, Harvard University, author of The Language Instinct, The Blank Slate, and The Stuff of Thought

"The wall of separation between church and state is one of the great barriers to religious tyranny. Among the wall's most articulate defenders is Dershowitz, who shows in this readable book why the authors of our Declaration feared theocracy and favored democracy." - Nadine Strossen, Professor of Law at New York Law School and President of the American Civil Liberties Union

"Blasphemy proves that many Christians are as deliberatly bewildered about the history of our nation as they are about the evolution of life on this planet. Dershowitz has done a great service in rescuing Jefferson, Adams, and the other founding fathers from the religious delusions of the Christian Right. This book will strike a great blow to the forces of theocracy in the United States." - Sam Harris author of the New York Times Best-Sellers, The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation

"Blasphemy is a brilliant, well-researched critique of the Religious Right's 'Christian Nation' mythology and its misuse of the American historical record. Just as significant, Professor Dershowitz illuminates the open hostility and vitriol this movement routinely exhibits toward all, religious or secular, who dare to challenge its faulty conclusions." - Barry W. Lynn, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

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Blasphemy: How the Religious Right is Hijacking the Declaration of Independence 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dershowitz wrote this short, easy-to-read book to counter the hijacking of the Declaration by the Religious Righ who are arguing that (2) the Declaration has the same force of law as the Contitution (which he disposes of by the simple statement that no court has ever found that to be the case), and (b) that the Declaration's mentions of Nature's God, the Creator, and Divine Providence show that this country was founded as a Christian nation. Dershowitz goes through many of Jefferson's writings to show that Jefferson was a Deist, not a Christian, disagreed with so many tenets of Christianity, and most assuredly did intend to create religous freedom. He was, in fact, most proud in his life of the Declaration, but 2nd proudest of the Virginia Axt for Establishing Religious Freedom which he also wrote..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Regardless of your religious beliefs, faith, or no faith, the government is for all with equal rights. Our founding fathers knew that Religion and Rules of Law did not work as one. (King/Head of Church) This book tells how these men look at developing a government that let those that wish to speak can and those that don't still will be allowed their silence. And, though some can be loud and use God to explain their actions, us that wish to keep Him inside are not treated with less. No organizated religion is more powerful than another in our government. No one faith is right and the others wrong. Anymore than those that do not believe in a superior God. The government was for all the people and equal to all. Church or no church, faith or no faith. That's what made it GREAT!