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WHO ARE YOU? WHAT IS YOUR FAITH? AMERICA'S 21ST CENTURY ALT-RIGHT AND CATHOLIC SOCIAL DOCTRINE
By Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
- Impressive documentation of systematic discrimination since the foundation of America - Richard P. Hirtreiter, Esq., CEO and General Counsel, DMPO Marketing, Inc.
- Bartolo-Abela challenges American Christians, particularly American Catholics, to ask themselves whether the Gospel of Trump is compatible with the Gospel of Christ . . . America is a land formed partly by violent conquest and racial exploitation, and theological rationalization for this has not been lacking from the Puritan settlers onward. Bartolo-Abela is a trained social scientist who uses her expertise to good effect in showing the persistent social structures and psychological layers of racism and its effects. The reader is not starved of statistics or academic studies . . . There is a focus on the increasing tendency to form sweeping judgments against Muslim-Americans (or those who to White Americans might racially look Muslim). The rise of Donald Trump and the alt-right, with its widely documented racial antipathies, is viewed with grave discontent, especially given the weighty support it enjoys among White Christians. Bartolo-Abela cites Catholic Social Doctrine and Sacred Scripture as flatly forbidding the contemptuous treatment of immigrants and stressing the need for hospitality to those different from oneself. Extreme nationalism that dismisses the basic human rights and dignity of people of differing racial or religious heritage is profoundly sinful, however much glossed with claims to protect national security or making America great again . . . A passionate book unafraid of controversy. Not everyone will agree with it, but no one with a brain and a pulse shall be bored by it - Christopher Villiers, Catholic theologian, author of Sonnets From the Spirit and Petals of Vision.
- Struck me emotionally to the core. Who Are You? What is Your Faith? looks at historical accounts of racist incidents and violence that reopen debate about issues of race and racism in modern-day America. Although the basis of American principles is on racial equality, liberty and justice for all . . . the American people of faith draw the line bounded by devotion to politicians and ignore the rights of aliens (including illegal aliens), refugees, the LGBT community, and women's equality by following an American candidate that completely contradicts their own moral judgments . . . Who Are You? provides a hard look at ourselves and awakens readers to comprehend the facts upfront and draw out a decisive outcome of the future, both as a country and as Catholics . . . Bartolo-Abela has magnificently presented the bottom line of America's 21st century alt-right and Catholic Social Doctrine by utilizing empirical data . . . Well-written and thought-out. Readers interested in the social science of politics and religion, this is the book to read - Hadel S. Ma'ayeh, Huffington Post Passionista, author of From the Heart: A Journey of Love.
Exploring the question of the Executive Orders titled Protecting the Nation from the lens of Sacred Scripture and the teachings and praxis of the Catholic Church, in Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine, Bartolo-Abela elucidates how race is the key sociopolitical ordering factor at play in the history and current state of America, with regard to fundamental human rights and the inviolable dignity of human persons. She explicates the underlying nature and stunning demographics of a newly-defined American alt-right population, and shows how at least two antithetical forms of both Christianity and Catholicism are being actively employed in the United States, at the intersection of politics and religion, to further a multidimensional racial agenda. Bartolo-Abela reminds readers how an effective and genuine remedy to America’s conflict does exist in accordance with the Faith and provides recommendations for non-violent change.