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The political scene is changing rapidly in America. The religious right is on the defensive, acceptance of gay rights is at an all-time high, social conservatives are struggling for relevance, and more Americans than ever identify as nonreligious. What does this mean for the country and the future? With these demographic shifts, can truly progressive, reason-based public policy finally gain traction? Or will America continue to carry a reputation as anti-intellectual and plutocratic, eager to cater to large corporate interests but reluctant to provide universal health care to all its citizens? Fighting Back the Right reveals a new alliance in the making, a progressive coalition committed to fighting for rational public policy in America and reversing the damage inflicted by decades of conservative dominance. David Niose, Legal Director of the American Humanist Association (AHA), examines this exciting new dynamic, covering not only the rapidly evolving culture wars but also the twists and turns of American history and politics that led to this point, and why this new alliance could potentially move the country in a direction of sanity, fairness, and human-centered public policy.
David Niose is the Legal Director of the American Humanist Association (AHA), former president of the AHA and the Secular Coalition for America (SCA), and an attorney who has litigated on behalf of secular groups and individuals in church-state and equal rights matters. He is currently the lead counsel in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case challenging the "under God" wording in the Pledge of Allegiance. Niose is the author of the popular Psychology Today blog "Our Humanity, Naturally." He has been featured on Fox News, MSNBC, the Associated Press, The National Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and the BBC. He lives in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents Introduction: The Politics of Anti-Reason Chapter 1: Corrupt Blessings Chapter 2: Real-World Change Chapter 3: Of People and Humans Chapter 4: The Boomer Bust Chapter 5: No Corporations in Foxholes Chapter 6: ‘Our Son of a Bitch’ Chapter 7: Fair to All Chapter 8: New Traditions Chapter 9: Same Old Deal Chapter 10: A Higher Common Denominator Chapter 11: Impossible Vigilance Chapter 12: Sarah Palin’s Massachusetts Chapter 13: Taking Control Chapter 14: Reason for Winning Acknowledgements Selected Bibliography