Monday, July 1, 2013

New Book, Christian Nation: the blurb contains the most frightening sentence clause ever to be utter...

Via Goodreads

“They said what they would do, and we did not listen. Then they did what they said they would do.”

So ends the first chapter of this brilliantly readable counterfactual novel, reminding us that America’s Christian fundamentalists have been consistently clear about their vision for a “Christian Nation” and dead serious about acquiring the political power to achieve it. When President McCain dies and Sarah Palin becomes president, the reader, along with the nation, stumbles down a terrifyingly credible path toward theocracy, realizing too late that the Christian right meant precisely what it said.

In the spirit of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, one of America’s foremost lawyers lays out in chilling detail what such a future might look like: constitutional protections dismantled; all aspects of life dominated by an authoritarian law called “The Blessing,” enforced by a reconfigured Internet known as the “Purity Web.” Those who defy this system, among them the narrator, live on the edges of society, sustained by the belief that democracy will rise to triumph over such tyrannical oppression.

That clause, OBVIOUSLY, would be, "When President McCain dies and Sarah Palin becomes president..." *SHUDDER

In related news: Texas legislature fails on abortion bill, but passes masturbation bill that would outlaw male masturbation and require the purchase of a permit to own male sex toys. Mason Wyler and the city of Austin seek asylum in Switzerland. Molly Ivins returns as modern-day Lady Stoneheart.

6 comments:

whkattk said...

Love the Texas satire piece!

Pier Roberto Giannelli said...

Scary! Remember Orwell's "1984"? Nothing is certain or secure....

Writer said...

Thank you, whkattk: I couldn't tell if that was satire or not! :)

Writer said...

Pier, I'm embarrassed to say that I've yet to read 1984. :(

JamTheCat said...

You may think this is satire, but this is exactly the kind of bill the Attorney General of Virginia is trying to pass. He wants to make it illegal to have sex in any other way than male on female in the missionary position. Seriously.

Texas had a law like that until 1986, when they shifted it to apply just to gay men and women.

And don't forget, a GOP candidate for Congress (who shall remain nameless because she's crazy as hell and doesn't deserve more publicity) actually said she'd outlaw masturbation...and she got a lot of votes.

Writer said...

Kyle, I can see the protest marches now. :)