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Author Sounds Alarm on Religious Influence in American Political Life

What Americans don’t know about the involvement of religious fundamentalists inside the U.S. can hurt them, according to a new book from Outskirts Press author Stephen Paine.

Dover, DE, February 06, 2008 --( The newest must-read for anyone concerned about the power of religious fundamentalism to affect all aspects of American life is A Crisis in America: An Urgent Message to My Fellow Americans, by Outskirts Press author Stephen Paine.

In this wide-ranging work, Stephen Paine exposes the forces at work—stemming from the machinations of religious extremists from each major monotheistic religion—that threaten the survival of democracy, peace and stability in the U.S. and indeed around the globe. In powerful, forceful prose, Paine—who is also the founder of the Web community—shows how the beginning of religious fundamentalism in this country extends all the way to the republic’s founding—and how it’s never been more of a threat than it is right now.

The book, now available through the author’s Web site at, is a frightening glimpse into the ways in which religious actors have injected their belief systems into every level of the political system and social environment, a fact that threatens the continued existence of the Constitution.

Part manifesto, part history lesson, A Crisis in America casts a harsh eye on the alleged religious maneuvering of the current Bush administration and efforts to apply Christian-based principles to government, disparaging everything from The 700 Club to the ACLU. But Paine’s strongest criticism is leveled on those who would turn a blind eye to the dangers posed by Islamic fundamentalism, the greatest threat to man’s continued survival. Paine details the gathering storm of the unchecked infiltration of Muslim extremists while examining what strict adherents are really commanded to do in accordance with their radical belief system.

With an eye toward the great patriot and his ideological predecessor Thomas Paine, whose writings inform themes and are provided throughout A Crisis in America, Stephen Paine urges citizens to fight for their freedoms by preventing extremists from being elected to government positions. The key, Paine says, is to remain ever watchful of emerging leaders and to be unafraid to speak up when the moment of action arises. “We must all be vigilant,” states Paine. “This is the responsibility of a free people.”

ISBN: 978-1-4327-1738-4/ 978-1-4327-1043-9 Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback/6.14 x 9.21 hardback w/ jacket Pages: 144 SRP: US$16.95/$29.95 Genre: Religion, Politics & State
Availability: Through Ingram, Baker & Taylor,, and Outskirts Press

About the Author: Inspired by an epiphany inside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall at age 17, Stephen Paine has made it his mission to protect the sanctity of American democracy from the threat of religious interference. Paine’s background in medieval Japanese and East Indian Buddhism, in addition to all three major monotheistic religions, gives him unique insights with which to observe the nation’s current religious-political climate. Like his ideological forefather, Thomas Paine, Stephen asserts a strong voice to promote a vital message that Americans dismiss at their peril. Paine is also the founder of, a recently launched online community dedicated to continuing the discussion of themes broached in this book.

Author Contact: Visit him on the Web at


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