Christianity Johnson on 17 Aug 2008 06:01 pm
A book review of “For God’s Sake” by Dr Lee Marsden:
The book, For God’s Sake, argues that the religious core values of Middle America have potentially disastrous consequences for both the United States and the planet. For example: the Christian Right â€œseeks to prevent any resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict on anything other than Israeli termsâ€. Utterances by presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama fit â€œexactly with the Christian Right agenda and effectively destroys prospects of a peaceful resolution of the conflictâ€.
Both candidates have been equally aggressive towards Iran, Dr Marsden says, and conservative evangelicals are disproportionately represented in the US military and private security contractors. â€œThis presents a problem in terms of cultural sensitivity and Muslim perceptions of the US military being a Christian army engaged in a crusade against Islam.â€
The Christian Right movement has also been behind the Bush administration’s anti-abortion, anti-gay, pro-nuclear family stance, he adds.