While cruising the shelves of my local library I found a copy of Becky Garrison's 2006 book Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church. To be honest, after reading a number of books on the current state of American religious life I was really wanting to take a break from this kind of subject matter. But seeing that the book was written by Becky Garrison of the
Wittenburg Door, I thought I would at least give her book a try. For those of you who might not know, the Wittenburg Door is "the country's oldest, largest and pretty much only religious satire magazine." This magazine has been offending and entertaining Christians for at least 25 years. Any publication that names Beavis and Butt-head as "Theologians and the Decade" is OK in my book.
Garrison takes a humorous and irreverent look at the heavily partisan political battles being waged by conservative evangelicals on one side and liberal mainline Protestants on the other. While she skewers both camps, the Christian Right takes most of her hits. According to Garrison, the anti-poor, intolerant and militaristic White House of Bush, Cheney and Rove and its acolytes of James Dobson, Pat Robertson and Tim LaHaye bares little resemblance to the "love your neighbor" spirit associated with the Beatitudes of the early Church.
After reading a number of serious books on this subject, I enjoyed her humorous approach. While Garrison's book is not outstanding, I still found it refreshing and therefore a welcomed departure from other books devoted to religion and politics in America.