HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family, and Your Freedom to Believe
Authors: Erick Erickson and Bill Blankschaen
Publisher: Regnery Publishing, 2016
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Erickson, Erick and Blankschaen, Bill. You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family, and Your Freedom to Believe (published in 2016 by Regnery Publishing, a division of Salem Media Group, 300 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001). What do former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein, Washington State florist Barronelle Stutzman, Iowa art gallery owners Betty and Dick Odgaard, Augusta State University counseling student Jennifer Keeton, Gallaudet University chief diversity officer Angela McCaskill, New Mexico photographers Jonathan and Elaine Hugenin, and many others have in common? They have all been “made to care” in the culture wars to force everyone in our society to affirm homosexuality as “normal.” To all those who say they don’t care about the culture war, Erick Erickson, former Editor-in-Chief of RedState.com, and Christian author Bill Blankschaen have only one response: “The Left will not let you stay on the sidelines. You will be made to care.” The nineteen chapters of this book are divided into three parts.
Part 1, “First They Come for Your Faith,” features first-hand accounts from Christians who’ve been punished for their beliefs. Part 2, “Then They Make You Care,” shares perspectives of concerned leaders to make the case that Americans of faith can’t afford to ignore what’s happening. Part 3, “How to Win the War,” offers hope for preserving freedom of conscience with practical steps that believers, families, ministers, church leaders, and citizens can take to resist tyranny and experience a resurgence of faith in America. Not all members of the “LGBT” community are like the vocal, activist minority who demand that everyone kowtow to their every whim and desire or else be charged with discrimination, but the Left generally and the “LGBT” community especially will not like this book. One critic dismissed it with the wave of the hand, saying, “Sob stories of people who were not allowed to discriminate against others because of their…sexual orientation.”
Yes, the book is about discrimination, but the examples cited are not of people who discriminated by refusing to serve “gays,” but of people who were discriminated against by being forced by law to participate in activities which violate their religious beliefs and rights of conscience. For example, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado had for years served both “gay” and straight customers equally, but a homosexual couple demanded that he give his seal of approval to their ceremony by using his baking artistry to decorate a customized cake to celebrate their relationship. And the government agreed. As the authors point out, the Left is all for “tolerance,” but their tolerance flows only one way, forcing people to comply with their beliefs in the name of tolerance but offering no such tolerance to those who disagree. Rather, it seeks not only to silence those who disagree but also to compel them to approve. Every freedom-loving, Bible-believing person needs to read this book.