Mary Eberstadt, “one of the most acute and creative social observers
of our time” (Francis Fukuyama), shines a much-needed spotlight on a
disturbing trend in American society: discrimination against traditional
religious belief and believers, who are being aggressively pushed out
of public life by the concerted efforts of militant secularists.
In It’s Dangerous to Believe,
Mary Eberstadt documents how people of faith—especially Christians who
adhere to traditional religious beliefs—face widespread discrimination
in today’s increasingly secular society. Eberstadt details how recent
laws, court decisions, and intimidation on campuses and elsewhere
threaten believers who fear losing their jobs, their communities, and
their basic freedoms solely because of their convictions. They fear that
their religious universities and colleges will capitulate to aggressive
secularist demands. They fear that they and their families will be
ostracized or will have to lose their religion because of mounting
social and financial penalties for believing. They fear they won’t be
able to maintain charitable operations that help the sick and feed the
Is this what we want for our country?
Religious freedom is a fundamental right, enshrined in the First Amendment. With It’s Dangerous to Believe,
Eberstadt calls attention to this growing bigotry and seeks to open the
minds of secular liberals whose otherwise good intentions are
transforming them into modern inquisitors. Not until these progressives
live up to their own standards of tolerance and diversity, she reminds
us, can we build the inclusive society America was meant to be. Download and start listening now!