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For four years, Americans have lived under an administration that holds twice-weekly bible classes in the White House and daily prayer meetings at the Department of Justice. The Christian right is no stranger to Washington's corridors of power. But an unholy combination of a born-again president, a burgeoning family-values movement, and the canny political strategies of Karl Rove has delivered to today's Christian fundamentalists an unprecedented influence over American government. As Esther Kaplan shows in this fast-paced investigation, no condom fact sheet or obscure drug advisory panel is too small to escape the roving eyes of Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, or the many other political advocacy arms of the evangelical right. While organizations that promote family planning and sex education are the targets of relentless audits, church groups receive hundreds of millions in federal dollars for programs promoting sexual abstinence, faith-based social services and marriage training, especially for the poor. Religious considerations even shape the government's foreign aid policies and its war on terror. And while much of the Christian right's influence could be quickly reversed with a change in administration, Bush's crusading makeover of the federal courts may undermine women's and gay rights - and bolster a corporate agenda - for decades to come.
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Esther Kaplan is a radio and print journalist and a community activist. She was acting senior editor at The Nation, and has written for The Village Voice, Out, and The Nation.

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The invaluable Esther Kaplan, temperate and outraged, assembles a truly shocking dossier of recent religious fundamentalist incursions into the machinery and soul of American democracy. "A riveting account of the radical right's assault on science and family planning. . . . A frightening and necessary read." --Ms. "Scrupulously researched and documented, and enlivened by Kaplan's trenchant reportage . . . [a] journalistic masterpiece." --Mark Crispin Miller, The Globe and Mail "Kaplan's expose is welcome--and alarming." --Mike Marqusee, The Independent (London) "A call to arms to battle those forces who want to return America to the dark ages." --Janeane Garofalo "A truly shocking dossier of recent religious fundamentalist incursions into the soul of American democracy." --Tony Kushner "A riveting account of the radical right s assault on science and family planning. . . . A frightening and necessary read." Ms. "Scrupulously researched and documented, and enlivened by Kaplan s trenchant reportage . . . [a] journalistic masterpiece." Mark Crispin Miller, The Globe and Mail "Kaplan s expose is welcome and alarming." Mike Marqusee, The Independent (London) "A call to arms to battle those forces who want to return America to the dark ages." Janeane Garofalo "A truly shocking dossier of recent religious fundamentalist incursions into the soul of American democracy." Tony Kushner "

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