I've found that Christian books do not cover all subjects as well as many non-Christian ones. I also have found that Christian books on non-fiction subjects outside of theology tend to be very basic and sugar coated. So, I do read secular non-fiction books on the economy, politics, business, at times science and on other subjects also.
Well, now I've discovered Tammy Bruce. At first the evangelical might be horrified that I am reading this lady. After all, she is a lesbian activist (but not the extreme ACT UP type) and the former president of the Los Angeles chapter of NOW.
But in a strange turn of events, she has become almost conservative in many ways and has found out something about us...the evangelical Christian that is.
What she found out is that we aren't a terrible sicko extremist hateful group of people after all. In fact, she was blown away when after the OJ Simpson verdict when she was raising funds for her anti-domestic violence activism, she writes that many evangelicals silently contributed to that cause.
Ms. Bruce was fired from her NOW job because the NOW head honchos back east didn't like her talking out loud and holding news conferences about domestic violence. What you ask? NOW (the National Organization of Women-the premiere feminist group) didn't want her to speak out about that? Why not? Well, it seems that many black women liked OJ, and didn't like Ms. Bruce using him as the domestic abuse example. So, they told her to stuff it. She said no...and they said in essence, "Well, then Hasta la vista Baby!"
After that she joined a conservative talk radio station...the one Rush Limbaugh is on. Now she is on the other station--the one Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity are on.
She also has become a correspondent for the Fox News Network. And, she writes for the paper begun by David Horowitz, the former Berkeley radical turned conservative.
And, why are these two now more conservative? (although not always on some social issues. Ms. Bruce is still pro-abortion and pro-gay rights).
Well, they SAW the truth. And both write about it. Horowitz wrote Radical Son in which he describes how he finally wakes up to the fact that the radicals of the 60's were way too much into the end justifies the means even to the point of hooking up with the murderous Black Panthers.
Ms. Bruce has written two books since 2000. The first one is The New Thought Police and the one just published is The Death of Right and Wrong.
She lets us no in uncertain terms in both books, but especially in the latter that there really is an inquistion (as she calls it) of evangelicals from the Left Elite. Why? Because, she said, they are so unhealthy because of childhood traumas that they must incorporate these happenings into their own worldview and come against anybody or any group that does not share them. In other words, their unhealthiness must be validated.
The one part of her writing that made me sit up and notice was why she thought Christians were intolerant horrible people. IT WAS BECUSE SHE NEVER MET ANY. She says that the pro-gay, pro-black and pro-feminist groups just never do meet any Christians. But when Ms. Bruce finally got out of her insular feminist world into the radio station and met both Dr. Laura Schlessinger (an Orthodox Jewess) and a few Christians, she was shocked that they just did not fit the sterotypes that the left brainwashed her with.
So, what can we learn from this? We need to keep going in the direction that we are..that is, to hob nob with the world. As the Scripture says, to be in the world but not of it. It is apparent that the reason Christians are in this mess is becuse for the first part of the 20th century they hid. Now, thankfully, they are poking their heads about into the sunlight and learning to live there. For example, Christian children should attend pulic school if at all possible.
That is the only area that I see in which we are still hiding. Thankfully Christian actors, actesses, writers, and so forth are now invading Hollywood. It's been too long. However, they need to keep their Christianity in tact as that world can so easily corrupt. And now, I am seeing Christian books on how to be a Christian in business and even how to run a business as a Christian and what that means. These are so welcome IMO.
Tammy Bruce's books are welcome if disturbing. I hope you will read them. I got my copies from my local library::)
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