Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce that our recently released ‘hot-topic’ book Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine, written by the Maltese-American Catholic author Marcelle Bartolo-Abela, has been named one of Goodreads 2017 Popular Racism Books. Who Are You? What is Your Faith? is available in paperback and ebook editions at Amazon, directly from the publishers and from the usual outlets.
Hope and Life Press is proud to announce the release of the nonfiction book Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine by HLP founder and Catholic author Marcelle Bartolo-Abela. It is the first book to be released in our new lines of Catholic Social Doctrine and Fundamental Human Rights books, and the second in our Leadership category.
Exploring the question of the Executive Orders titled Protecting the Nation from the lens of Sacred Scripture and the teachings and praxis of the Catholic Church, in Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine, Bartolo-Abela elucidates how race is the key sociopolitical ordering factor at play in the history and current state of America, with regard to fundamental human rights and the inviolable dignity of human persons. She explicates the underlying nature and stunning demographics of a newly-defined American alt-right population, and shows how at least two antithetical forms of both Christianity and Catholicism are being actively employed in the United States, at the intersection of politics and religion, to further a multidimensional racial agenda. Bartolo-Abela reminds readers how an effective and genuine remedy to America’s conflict does exist in accordance with the Faith and provides recommendations for non-violent change. Who Are You? What is Your Faith? is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, the publishers Hope and Life Press, and other major booksellers.
About the Author
Marcelle Bartolo-Abela is a Maltese-American consultant on the interface of multiculturalism, psychology, spirituality, and the political sphere. A first-generation immigrant to the United States of America, she served as a mental health clinician in hospital, community, private practice settings in the Northeast US and Malta. She has lectured on psychology and psychotherapy to psychiatry residents and graduate students in the US, UK, and Malta. She served as consultant to faculty and program managers on the combined provision of multicultural psychology and spirituality services. She also provided advocacy and consultation on free speech rights in relation to criminalization discourses in the legislative agenda First Malta Then the World. Bartolo-Abela is the author of nine books on the Catholic Faith. She holds a Master of Science in Psychology from Springfield College, the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methodologies in the Social Sciences from Middlesex University, and the Certificate in Catholic Social Doctrine for Professionals from The Catholic University of America. Bartolo-Abela is a mid-level apprentice in Russian-Byzantine iconography. Her icons can be found in churches and private collections in the US, Italy, and Malta.
I am not an avid reader of politics and party-line views, however, this book struck me emotionally to the core. Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine looks back at historical accounts of racist incidents and violence that reopen debate about issues of race and racism in modern-day America. Although the basis of the American principles is on racial equality, liberty and justice for all, readers experience a dilemma between party-line views versus Christian upbringing, in particular Catholicism. The American people of faith draw the line bounded by devotion to politicians and ignore the rights of aliens (including illegal aliens), refugees, the LGBT community, and women’s equality by following an American candidate who completely contradicts their own moral judgments.
Who Are You? What is Your Faith? is a straightforward book that glimpses into the alt-right perspectives and provides a hard look into ourselves. I will admit, it was difficult to read about discrimination and the circumstances surrounding each recorded file, especially the details of racist homicides and slurs. The book awakens its readers to comprehend the facts upfront and to draw out a decisive outcome of the future, both as a country and as Catholics.
The author, Marcelle Bartolo-Abela, has magnificently presented the bottom line of America’s 21st century alt-right and Catholic Social Doctrine by utilizing true data and quotes, plus revealing the legitimacy of the laws of the land based on the US Constitution. I liked this book; it was well-written and is a thought-out book. Readers interested in political viewpoints and who are into the social science of politics and religion, this is the book to read ~ Hadel S. Ma’ayeh, Huffington Post Passionista, author of From the Heart: A Journey of Love.
Bartolo-Abela challenges American Christians, particularly American Catholics, to ask themselves whether the Gospel of Trump is compatible with the Gospel of Christ. Beginning with President Trump’s contested Executive Order banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, this book considers the complex and questionable attitudes to non-Whites and non-Western religions that have swirled in American society since its inception. There is a whistle-stop tour of American race relations throughout history, encompassing mistreatment of Native Americans, African American slavery, Japanese American internment during World War Two and a great deal else as well. It is right to remind readers that America is a land formed partly by violent conquest and racial exploitation, and that theological rationalization for this has not been lacking from the Puritan settlers onward.
Bartolo-Abela is a trained social scientist who uses her expertise to good effect in showing the persistent social structures and psychological layers, some more subtle than others, of racism and its effects. The reader is not starved of statistics or academic studies. There is a focus on the increasing tendency, in the light of the 9/11 attacks and the “Islamic State” insurgency, to form sweeping judgments against Muslim Americans (or those who to White Americans might racially look Muslim). The widespread conspiracy theories concerning President Obama, not least that he was a secret Muslim, are held up as evidence of continuing racial resentment. Given the nature of many well-documented reactions (e.g., “Assassinate the N***** Ape!” quoted on p. 98), it is doubtful that he would have generated quite so much loathing among certain right-wingers if he had been White, or for that matter did not have Hussein as a middle name.
The rise of Donald Trump and the alt-right, with its widely documented racial antipathies, is viewed with grave discontent, especially given the weighty support it enjoys among White Christians. That racial tensions played a part in the 2016 Presidential election is unquestionable and it is clear that the legacy of the civil rights era is only a partial success. Bartolo-Abela cites the teachings of Catholic Social Doctrine as voiced by recent Popes and Sacred Scripture as flatly forbidding the contemptuous treatment of immigrants and stressing the need for hospitality to those different from oneself. Extreme nationalism that dismisses the basic human rights and dignity of people of differing racial or religious heritage is profoundly sinful, however much glossed with claims to protect national security or making America great again. God alone can take away the sins of the world and only if America turns to Him, not demagogues who distort His teachings, can it be saved.
Bartolo-Abela argues her case with panache, even if one might wish that she had written in more detail of what an acceptable political alternative to the alt-right should look like (is the only alternative to Trump, Hilary Clinton?). This is a passionate book unafraid of controversy. Not everyone will completely agree with it, but no one with a brain and a pulse shall be bored by it — Christopher Villiers, Catholic theologian, author of Sonnets From the Spirit and Petals of Vision.