Moral Combat How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics

Review :

If you read one book this year - this needs to be it.
If you read only 1 non-fiction book this year - this needs to be it.

Basically, read this book. It is timely and important. More history than revelatory it still grants much needed perspective on issues that keep popping up in our politics. Moral Combat offers a historical survey of the rise of the Christian Right and how that impacted our socio-cultural views and regulations regarding sexuality, pregnancy, birth control, abortion, LQBTQ issues, and sexual harassment. If you're already well versed in the historical aspects before the 1960s (Like, if you've read The birth of the Pill, etc,...), then you can jump right in at Chapter 5 for a modern survey of the topics.

There has been some criticism of the last chapter which talks about our views on sex in politics in the last couple of years. While it is still too early to see which direction our political history will go right now (as I write this Cecile Richards has announced she will step down as the president of Planned Parenthood, and the Nassar trial has closed with a pleasing 175 year sentence) I was expecting a bit more..optimism...from Griffith. We shall see.


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