One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

  • metta

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    Mar 31, 2015 5:15 AM GMT
    One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America



    http://www.npr.org/2015/03/30/396365659/how-one-nation-didnt-become-under-god-until-the-50s-religious-revival


    http://www.amazon.com/One-Nation-Under-God-Corporate/dp/0465049494
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    Apr 01, 2015 8:31 PM GMT
    Hmmm, I wonder what Cotton Mather, George Whitefield, and other predecessors and contemporaries of our Founding Fathers would have to say about this. The history of the revised "Pledge" is accurate enough, but to broadly claim that "Corporate America Invented Christian America" is nonsense. In fact, the better argument is the converse, as shown in part by all those references to those darned WASPS and their interest in moneymaking.
  • bobbobbob

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    Apr 01, 2015 9:05 PM GMT
    This is really a 3rd rate conspiracy theory that wouldn't have ever gotten any notice had it not been for the fact that it combines two of the left's most reviled imaginary enemies; the eternally evil "religions" who've yet to come close to the horrendous death tolls of socialism racked up under Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot... and the perpetually nefarious secret conspiracy of corporations. The author, a historian, discredits his own credentials by venturing to extremes to extract unrelated fragments of historical minutiae to string together like beads and charms from Kay's jewelers to form a narrative that has no basis in reality. Charm bracelet accounts of history are pretty ridiculous. If you don't believe it, ask "historian" David Barton who butt fucked himself into humiliating obscurity with his attempts to do the same thing on the other end of the political spectrum.

    The big take away I found in the article was a quote that shows nonsensical but cutesy retorts by liberals as a defense for ridiculous postures have their roots all the way back to the New Deal....

    "The most famous of these organizations was called The American Liberty League and it was heavily financed by leaders at DuPont, General Motors and other corporations. The problem was that it seemed like very obvious corporate propaganda. As Jim Farley, the head of the Democratic Party at the time, said: "They ought to call it The American Cellophane League, because No. 1: It's a DuPont product, and No. 2: You can see right through it."
  • metta

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    Apr 19, 2015 5:01 AM GMT
    How Corporate America Invented Christian America
    Inside one reverend’s big business-backed 1940s crusade to make the country conservative again.


    Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/04/corporate-america-invented-religious-right-conservative-roosevelt-princeton-117030.html