Robin Meyers challenges those in power who claim God is on their side in Why The Christian Right Is Wrong: A Minister's Manifesto for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, Your Future. There is a growing movement, aided by the Internet, of people who don't want to give up the country, or their religion, without a fight. Robin Meyers learned just how many people are outraged about the hijacking of their faith when a speech he gave to a small peace rally at Oklahoma City University after the 2004 election took on a life of its own - emailed around the world and posted to countless blogs, the untitled speech took on the name "What Are Moral Values?" as it spread. Pastor of an "unapologetically liberal" church in Oklahoma City, Meyers is not afraid to use the "F" word - Fascism - to describe the direction that America is headed.
In Why The Christian Right Is Wrong, Meyers confronts the hypocrisy of those who use Jesus as a political pawn. Meyers believes the Right reverses the essential teachings of the Sermon on the Mount, asking people "to obsess over sexual immorality and ignore the immorality of war, the neglect of the poor, and the sin of environmental degradation." He calls for people to act on their feelings of frustration by forming "communities of dignified indignance" working for nonviolent social change, and suggests how to effect change in the anti-war movement, the reconstruction of the Democratic Party, environmental protection, the "use less stuff" consumer movement, and the Christian recommitment to the principles of the Sermon on the Mount. "For three simple reasons, the revolution starts here," Meyers says. "The emperor is naked. The flag is flying upside down. And Jesus has been silenced by his own church."
Dr. Robin Meyers
Dr. Robin Meyers has been the Senior Minister of Mayflower Congregational Church of Oklahoma City since 1985, the fastest growing UCC church in the Kansas/Oklahoma conference. He is also Professor of Rhetoric in the Philosophy Department at Oklahoma City University, where he has taught since 1991.
Dr. Meyers was born in Oklahoma City, and grew up in Wichita, Kansas. After graduating from Wichita State University, he attended the Graduate Seminary of Phillips University, and then earned a Doctor of Ministry degree at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. In 1991, he was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Oklahoma's Communication Department, for his work in the area of persuasion and preaching.
Dr. Meyers is the author of three books. His first, With Ears to Hear: Preaching as Self-Persuasion (Pilgrim Press, 1993), is a textbook for preachers, and his second is a book on living a simpler and more sacramental existence, entitled Morning Sun on a White Piano: Simple Pleasures and the Sacramental Life (Doubleday, New York, 1998), and was endorsed television journalist by best-selling author Bill Moyers.