Book Review: Esther Kaplan’s With God On Their Side (2004)

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

A few months back, I mentioned that DefCon was starting book club in March. First on their list was Esther Kaplan’s With God On Their Side: How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science, Policy and Democracy in George W. Bush’s White House. I actually did read it as promised; it just took me a wee bit longer than I’d anticipated. Two months longer, to be exact.

But finish it I did, and lawdy, lawdy, it’s some scary shit. Even if the Dems win back Congress and the White House in ’06 and ’08, it’s gonna take “us” (the Dems aren’t exactly my people, but they’re as close as I’ll ever get to the White House) decades to undo all the damage that GW has wreaked, particularly in regards to his judicial appointments. We’ve gotta wait years for these unqualified zealots to drop dead before we can reinstate judges that, you know, agree with the Constitution and all its amendments. Maybe we can just pray to Jeebus. (Hey, it kinda-sorta worked for Pat!)

Anyway, thought I’d share my Amazon review, since y’all have been so patient.

By the way, my review appears under the book’s hardcover listing, but it’s available in paperback, too.


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