Kimberly Blaker

Kimberly Blaker
Kimberly Blaker
The Fundamentals of Extremism: The Christian Right in America
On September 11, 2001, Americans witnessed horrific carnage inspired by religious extremism. We saw that religious fundamentalists will stop at nothing to reign terror on those they regard as their enemies. In our response, we began to focus on the oppressive treatment of women and children in other parts of the world where religious fundamentalism rules. But we failed to acknowledge the impact and similarities of Christian fundamentalism.

Even now, most Americans fail to realize the magnitude of problems posed by our own country’s Christian fundamentalism and Religious Right. We regard such dogmatism as odd but non-threatening. We reason, “Why should we be concerned, so long as it doesn’t affect us?”

But the problem does affect all of us. As The Fundamentals of Extremism reveals, it affects those women and children in Christian fundamentalist homes who suffer severe emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. It affects minorities, particularly African-Americans, and gays and lesbians.

Equally disconcerting, the problem affects adherents of non-fundamentalist faiths. It also affects those with no religious beliefs who are prime targets of religious fundamentalists’ prejudicial attitudes. Even mainstream Christians whose tenets differ from those of conservative Christianity are violators of the will of God who must reform. American Christian fundamentalists are working to change the laws of our land. Their goal is to force all Americans to conform to their strict religious ideologies.

Kimberly Blaker’s The Fundamentals of Extremism: The Christian Right in America is not just another book on the Religious Right. John Shelby Spong, best-selling author of Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism calls Blaker’s book “a thorough analysis of a present crisis.” In this stark and troubling account of the Religious Right’s vision for America, readers will come face-to-face with Christian fundamentalist goals and tactics that have long been under way. Blaker’s carefully documented and compelling narrative exposes the full spectrum of issues on the Christian fundamentalist agenda. Rarely have these issues been examined so thoroughly. At least one has never been examined and exposed nationally.

The Fundamentals of Extremism is an absorbing exposé. It urges mainstream Americans to recognize and oppose the encroachment of Christian fundamentalism on our secular society. It’s a stirring appeal for religious freedom and the protection of civil liberties for all—including for the extremists who would deny such rights to others.
Farmington Hills, MI, USA
Kimberly Blaker is a published author, award-winning research writer, professional freelance writer, and former columnist. Her articles, editorials, and content have appeared in nearly 250 magazines, newspapers, and websites. This includes major dailies such as Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, San Francisco Examiner, and Los Angeles Daily Journal. Some of the national publications in which her work has appeared include Complete Woman, Listen, The Humanist, Playgirl, Liberty, and the international Mothering. Formerly, she worked as a newspaper journalist as well.

Kimberly has also done business and non-profit writing as a professional freelance writer. This includes company and professional profiles, SEO content writing, news releases, marketing letters, newsletters, and more.

As a versatile non-fiction writer, she has a broad range of interests. She writes light articles on family fun, relationships, and home decorating. She also writes serious, well-researched articles and content on health/mental health, safety issues, social problems, and more. Not to mention, Kimberly Blaker has passionately penned editorials and written a book on controversial social and political issues.

While attending college, she was awarded first-place winner in a statewide 2-year college research writing competition. Faculty also selected her to serve as a college writing tutor.

Aside from her writing career, Kimberly is an advocate for better mental health care for those with a serious mental illness. In 2015, she took charge by creating efforts to get the bipartisan Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act passed. She played an instrumental role by leading a group of 200 advocates through various efforts. Ultimately, this became the mental health care portion of the 21st Century Cures Act. It was signed into law by President Obama in December 2016.

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write: a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” –Samuel Johnson

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