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Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

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11:25a
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Americanism: the religion that binds Americans together.

Index

Introduction
Articles on American civil religion
Quotes on American civil religion
Books on American civil religion

Introduction

I started to see patriotism as a religion when I lived in Ukraine (a former Soviet region) for over two years. Unfortunatly I often felt like I just had walked into an epic movie at the closing credits, missing the best parts. The rusting remenants of communism were everywhere. I realized quickly that communism was simply the religion of the Soviets, which had replaced a belief in a religious God.

After 9/11, I saw the fervent patriotism of Americans, and I started to see the same symbols, icons, myths, and closed-minded ideology with Americanism as with my former religion, Mormonism. Americanism did not replace religion as communism does, Americanism and religion instead compliment each other. Sociologists call it American civil religion.
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11:42a
Oct 19/20 left off here transfering to wiki //
Religion and violence: a bibliography.

The Hedgehog Review

March 22, 2004

Pg. 111(9) Vol. 6 No. 1 ISSN: 1527-9677

Bellinger, Charles K.

THE LITERATURE ON RELIGION AND VIOLENCE WAS already substantial before the Sept. 11 attacks, and it has swelled at an increased pace since then. I have not seen abundant evidence, however, that the serious reflections on violence expressed in these books has made a noticeable impact on the shape of higher education, on news media reporting,or on the thinking of government officials around the world. This is unfortunate.
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11:43a
11:58a
Book reviews and comments on Captain America and the Crusade against Evil PART 2
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U.S. foreign policy today: Zealotry triumphant; Captain America and the Crusade Against Evil: The Dilemma of Zealous Nationalism; Book Review; book review

National Catholic Reporter

April 18, 2003
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12:12p
Reviews of Myths America Lives By
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Working the Fringes;To establish a new agenda for the new century, the press must first help America see through its myths

Columbia Journalism Review

November 2005

IDEAS & REVIEWS; Essay; Pg. 52

BY BRENT CUNNINGHAM; Brent Cunningham is CJR'S managing editor.
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1:50p
United Fruit Company and overthrow of Guatemala
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From: Secret History : The CIA's Classified Account of Its Operations in Guatemala, 1952-1954


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I asked if anyone was working on Guatemala. Operation PBSUCCESS, which overthrew the Guatemalan government in 1954, was one of the best known and most analyzed covert operations. Richard Immerman wrote in the 1980s that it set a pattern for later agency activities, from the Bay of Pigs to support for the Nicaraguan Contras. Piero Gleijeses had recently attacked the story from the Guatemalan side, revealing the secret of Jacobo Arbenz's ties to the Communists and the military's complicity in the coup that overthrew him. There were still plenty of contested issues–What was the CIA's connection to United Fruit? Was the CIA-sponsored invasion a real threat?–but since this was the most studied covert operation, it could show, better than any other, what CIA documents had to offer. I could see what the agency's files had that was completely new and unavailable in outside sources. McDonald said that the project was mine if I wanted it.
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