WHO ARE YOU? WHAT IS YOUR FAITH? AMERICA'S 21st CENTURY ALT-RIGHT AND CATHOLIC SOCIAL DOCTRINE
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“Progress in our nation happens when everyday Americans get involved and come together to chart our country’s course. It’s that uniquely American character—enhanced by a rich diversity of beliefs and a deep reservoir of ideas—that has always propelled us forward. As long as citizens of every party, every background, and every walk of life continue speaking out on the issues that matter to them and working toward the future we know is possible, our best days will always lie ahead” – Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States.
Exploring the question of the Executive Orders titled Protecting the Nation from the lens of Scripture and the teachings and praxis of the Catholic Church, Bartolo-Abela elucidates in this book how race is the key sociopolitical ordering factor at play in the history and current state of America in relation 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 two antithetical forms of Christianity and Catholicism are being actively employed in the United States (US), at the intersection of politics and religion, to further a multidimensional racial agenda. Bartolo-Abela reminds readers how an effective remedy to America’s conflict does exist in accordance with the Faith and provides recommendations for non-violent change. This revised edition includes a letter received by the author from former President Barack Obama in relation to this work and some updated information.
Praise for Who Are You? What is Your Faith?
"Impressive documentation of systematic discrimination since the foundation of America" - Richard P. Hirtreiter, Esq., CEO and General Counsel, DMPO Marketing Inc.
"Very fair book, reminds us that being Catholic is being neither right nor left . . . Needs to be read by those of us who have been driven in a conservative direction . . . the Alt-Right might as well be the Alt-Left. The philosophical underpinnings appear to be libertarian, rather than respect for customs and institutions, more Ayn Rand than Burke. Richard Spencer is pro-abortion and describes pro-lifers as "radically dysgenic, egalitarian, multi-human rights thumpers." Tribalism and Catholic Social Doctrine simply do not mix. As for Milo Yiannopoulos, once senior editor of Breitbart News, he has apparently got "married" to a man named John. Catholics can surely have nothing to do with this movement. This book quite rightly tells us to be cautious about the Right" - Pravin Thevathasan, M.D., Catholic Medical Quarterly (UK).
"Challenges American Christians to ask if the Gospel of Trump is compatible with the Gospel of Christ . . . This book considers the complex and questionable attitudes to non-Whites and non-Western religions that have swirled in American society since its inception. 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 . . . This is a passionate book unafraid of controversy: not everyone will agree with it, but no one with a brain and a pulse will be bored by it" - Christopher Villiers, Catholic theologian.
"Struck me to the core . . . Although the bases of American principles are are racial equality, liberty and justice for all, the American people of faith, in particular Catholicism, draw the line bounded by devotion to politicians, and ignore the rights of aliens, refugees, the LGBT community and women's equality, by following an American candidate - now President - who completely contradicts their own moral judgments . . . Bartolo-Abela magnificently presents the bottom line of America's 21st century alt-right and Catholic Social Doctrine by utilizing true data . . . This book provides a hard look at ourselves and awakens readers to draw out a decisive outcome of the future" - Hadel S. Ma'ayeh, Huffington Post Passionista.