The Sinner's Guide to the Evangelical Right

From left: James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Ted Haggard, Dubya
Last week we launched a new website to coincide with our upcoming book, The Sinner’s Guide to the Evangelical Right (Penguin/NAL). The book is slotted to hit the shelves September 5. Just in time for the Rapture! Here’s the publisher’s description:

“From Bibles designed to look like glossy fashion magazines to mega-churches with ATMs, rock climbing walls, and in one case, a drive-thru McDonalds, the nuances of conservative evangelical culture are no mystery to Robert Lanham, who has his roots in the Bible Belt. Now, with his anthropological eye and trademark wit, Lanham has compiled a handy guide to the evangelical right for those who can expect to be left behind in the End of Days.”

During the course of our study, we became temporary residents of Colorado Springs (the so-called evangelical Vatican), joined an End Times Studies small group, attended a Christian extreme sports event hosted by Stephen Baldwin, met some evangelical mimes, and hung out with Ted Haggard—a megachurch pastor who speaks with George Bush every Monday morning when he’s not busy speaking in tongues in his “prayer closet.” You can read the book’s introduction here.
We’re excited as well about the website,, which will be like a Drudge Report or a Huffington Post, only detailing the exploits of the Rapture Right.
Stop by when you can, and don’t forget to take our Evangelical Right Quiz:
True or False: George W. Bush declared June 10 to be “Jesus Day” when he was Governor of Texas.
a) True
b) False
Plugged In, Focus on the Family’s movie magazine criticized all but one of the following movies of promoting something they refer to as “outercourse.” Choose the supposedly outercourse-free film:
a) Kinsey
b) 40 Days and 40 Nights
c) The 40-Year-Old Virgin
d) Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Find out the answers and take the quiz here.


  1. oh yes, this is guarnteed to be good. hopefully i’ll be able to pick this up before i go to israel in sept, for the year (much needed year off from school).

  2. Bookmarked the site. It’ll be a daily read, even though reading about these dangerous religious con artists is depressing. Thanks for helping to expose these wacky scumbags.

  3. Not that important, but Pat Robertson claimed to leg press or leg-bench press 2000 lbs. On the quiz the Robertson question refers to bench pressing, which a lot of people might take as the preacher laying on his back and lifting a ton with his arms, not his legs.
    It would be sort of funny to see Robertson struggling to bench press a couple of hundred pounds while Tommy Chong stood above him, shouting encouragement. But 2000 lbs would crush Pat’s throat before he even had a chance to ask God or Tommy Chong for a little help. And that, too, would be sort of funny to see.

  4. Speaking about yourself in the third person: a little weird. But you know what’s weirder, still?
    Using the Royal We.
    Anyway, keep up the good fight. Someone has to protect the people from those crazed zealots and their targetting of civilians in pursuit of their God-Dominated Government… Oh wait, wrong zealots…

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