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Dr, Steven Jonas
NYC Atheists Inc. prides itself, tongue in cheek, on being a “non-prophet organization”--but who knew that we do indeed have our prophets?
Count Dr. Steven Jonas as one of those. Dr. Jonas, a physician and professor of Preventive Medicine at the School of Medicine in Stony Brook University, wrote a book in 1996 that examined what would happen if the Republican party used the Religious Right to promote its programs. Jonas predicted it would be the gradual road to theocratic fascism, American style.
Well, guess what. What Dr. Jonas foresaw is already happening in the good old U.S.A. today.
Just recently, Dr. Jonas and his publisher realized that what the good professor predicted would happen if the lethal combination of religion and Republicanism gained power and strength, is actually happening now. The recent attempt of the state of North Carolina to insist that it was exempt from the U.S. Constitution and could establish its own religion is just one example.
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
The author and his publisher quickly decided to re-issue Dr. Jonas’s book, “The 15% Solution: How the Republican Christian Right Took Control of the U.S.,[masked], A Futuristic Novel,” which both decided had been ahead of its time.
We are lucky indeed to have Dr. Jonas as our guest speaker on Thursday, April 25th. “My book was a warning about what might happen in the U.S. as a result of the alliance between the Christian right and the Republican party,” the professor notes. “Now, it is a warning about what IS happening.”
Dr. Jonas, whose education includes Harvard Medical School and a Master of Public Health from Yale, says that in writing the book, he wanted to show how a theocratic authoritarianism can be gradually introduced into any country, even the U.S., behind a facade of Constitutional legality. His book follows in the tradition of Jack London’s “The Iron Heel” and Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here,” he notes.
Eager for Questions
Come on Thursday evening to hear the physician/author as part of the distinguished speakers program NYCA presents to keep our fellow Atheists on the cutting edge of the fight for separation of church and state.
Come, ask questions, learn. Dr. Jonas says he will have only a few copies of his book available on Thursday for signing but copies will be available on Amazon.com and in Barnes & Noble. This personable educator is friendly, down to earth and willing to answer any and all of our questions.
WHAT: “The 15% Solution: How the Republican Christian Right Took Control of the U.S.,[masked], A Futuristic Novel,” a talk, with Q and A, by author Dr. Steven Jonas.
WHEN: Thursday, April 25th, at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: The SLC Conference Center - 19 West 39th St (just off Fifth Ave) - 3rd Floor
COST: We suggest a voluntary donation of $10; students and unemployed exempt.