Most Americans lack the tools for arguing with the religious right. Until now.
“Fighting Words is the indispensable Little Red (and White and Blue) Book for reclaiming our country, a ‘Quotations from Chairman Jefferson’—plus Washington, Madison, Franklin, and many more. Funny, eye-opening, accessible, smart, and best of all really useful for combating the ‘Christianizing of America.'” —LILY TOMLIN & JANE WAGNER
“Here are the real words of our founders, free of the prison of right-wing distortion—and we’ve never needed them more!” —GLORIA STEINEM
“A crucial, must-have book!” —BARRY LYNN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
“Robin Morgan channels the Framers in her new book, Fighting Words. Recommended.” —FEMINIST LAW PROFESSORS
The religious right is gaining enormous power in the United States, thanks to a well-organized, media-savvy movement with powerful friends in high places. Yet many Americans—both observant and secular—are alarmed by this trend, especially by efforts to erase the boundary between church and state, making the United States into a theocracy.
But most Americans lack the tools for arguing with the religious right, especially when fundamentalist conservatives claim their positions originated with the Framers of the Constitution. Until now….
“Question with boldness even the existence of a god.” —Thomas Jefferson
“Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind.” —James Madison
“I doubt of Revelation itself.” —Benjamin Franklin
“My own mind is my church.” —Thomas Paine
In Fighting Words, Robin Morgan has assembled a toolkit for arguing, a verbal karate guide: a lively, accessible, eye-opening collection revealing what the framers (and other leading Americans) really believed—in their own words. She resurrects the Founders as the revolutionaries they were: “A hodgepodge of freethinkers, Deists, agnostics, Christians, atheists, Freemasons—and radicals.”