Luis Granados is a Washington, DC attorney and a student of the history of organized religion. He publishes a weekly article on www.luisgranados.com/blog relating a current headline to an episode from religious history, demonstrating how little things change from religion to religion, from century to century. These articles are now carried also by Secular News Daily and Rant & Reason, the blog of the American Humanist Association. Longer magazine articles on religious history have appeared within the last year in Secular Nation, Free Inquiry, and the Humanist. The author not an atheist. He is more of an agnostic/deist: a suspecter, not a believer. He resents being told what to do by people who claim to speak for God. “A large portion of what is wrong with the world, for a long time, has been caused by giving these frauds more credit than they deserve,” Granados said. “I want to embolden people to follow in the footsteps of the heroes of Damned Good Company, that the world may be run more on principles of ‘What makes sense?’ than on principles of ‘What did God say about that?’” Since 2005, Luis has practiced law on a half-time basis while devoting the other half to the study of the scandals of organized religion.
His “Secret Plan,” as he calls it, is to self-destruct by carrying the basic concept of religious privilege that he despises to (and well past) a logical extreme. But the self-destruction unfolds in a way he did not envision, as he is sucked steadily deeper into a quagmire of deceit.
Luis Granados, author of Damned Good Company, co-editor of A Jefferson Bible for the Twenty-first Century, and “Rules Are for Schmucks” columnist for TheHumanist.com takes us on a wild ride to a place let’s hope we never reach. Footnotes, unusual for a novel, are included to let skeptical readers know how bizarre the world of religious legal privilege has already become.
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