Sean Faircloth (author); ATTACK OF THE THEOCRATS!; Pitchstone Publishing (Nonfiction: Political Science) $21.95 ISBN: 9780984493241
Byline: Edward Morris
On December 19, 2011, a Nashville newspaper carried a story about the construction of an all-faiths chapel at the nearby Fort Campbell military base that will cost taxpayers $8.4 million. A smaller article in the same issue noted that a much-used juvenile detention center in the area will be shut down because of a shrinking state budget. The irony of neglecting real-world needs while lavishly supporting speculative otherworldly ones would almost certainly enrage the author of this book. It also poses the question: what does religion have to do with enhancing military preparedness?
Sean Faircloth's Attack of the Theocrats! is both an analysis of religion's intrusion into the public sphere in America and a list of suggestions for rolling it back. A former Catholic and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Faircloth served as Maine's assistant attorney general for three years, then went on to spend ten years in the state legislature, where he eventually rose to the position of majority whip. It was during his years of public service that he concluded fundamentalist religion was a distinct social menace.
In his bill of particulars against the religious right, Faircloth cites cases of specific children who were allowed to die, many in agony, because their parents were "faith...