Why would some of America's best-known religious and political leaders launch a campaign to knowingly distort the history, nature, and intent of one of our most precious national documents - the Declaration of Independence? Why would they seek to convert our Declaration into a baptismal certificate? How can they claim that Thomas Jefferson, who expressly rejected the divinity of Jesus and the notion that the Bible is the word of God, was the author of a Christian proclamation that, far from establishing the people as the ultimate source of political power, forms a bridge between the Bible and the Constitution? In Blasphemy, bestselling author Alan Dershowitz proves that the Religious Right is misusing the Declaration of Independence in its drive to Christianize America. He demonstrates that repeated claims by Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Alan Keyes, and others alleging the Declaration to be a Christian document are both easily disproved and deliberately aimed to mislead. Dershowitz also reveals the motive behind this mendacity: if the Religious Right can convince enough gullible Americans that the United States was founded as a Christian nation, they can require religious control of public schools, federal funding of churches and church-based programs, religious tests for elected and appointed officials, and much more. Using the Religious Right's own public statements as evidence, Dershowitz shows conclusively that Falwell and Robertson and their followers are fervently opposed to such fundamental American values as tolerance, religious freedom, personal choice, and even democracy itself.
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