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Christian Nation: Praise and Reviews
"Rich's Christian Nation is more than a 'what if'—as the 'theocratic program' unfolds our usual 'So what?' regarding fundamentalism of any variety becomes the real danger. Pay attention. What's at stake is the heart and soul of American democracy. Philosopher and lawyer Rich has it right: we were not founded as a Christian Nation, but fundamentalists ready to take on anything secular and progressive see us as the enemy who deserve to be vanquished."
—The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski, Dean, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
"While others have provided academic and political analysis of some of the dangers at the intersections of religion and politics in America, Mr. Rich's narrative brings these issues into relational and personal view. His is a compelling and timely parable for our time."
—Rev. Dr. Robert Allan Hill, Professor, New Testament and Pastoral Theology, Boston University
"The scariest thing about Christian Nation is that it's so plausible. No violent revolution, no blood in the streets, is necessary for Americans to lose their freedoms—just a failure to defend the liberties that we often take for granted. As Frederic Rich reminds us in this chilling tale, the Religious Right has said what they will do. It's up to us to make sure they don't ever get the chance to do it. Remember, it CAN happen here."
—The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Executive Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
"Fred Rich's gripping novel reminds us of two important truths, all too easily forgotten until it is too late: bad economic times create the conditions for extreme political change, and revolutions are achieved by small groups of dedicated activists, often before the rest of society knows what has happened. The current sorry state of our institutions of government—with deadlock and polarized politics in Washington, and our campaign finance system the captive of special interests seeking government favors—makes our democracy all the more vulnerable. Both Republicans and Democrats should read this book."
—Trevor Potter, Former Chairman, Federal Election Commission