According to author Mickey Dubrow “Many people believe that America either is a Christian nation or should be. To be a true Christian nation, America would have to become a theocracy.”
In his timely debut novel, “American Judas,” to be released by Newnan, Ga.-based publisher SFK Press, Mr. Dubrow illustrates how America can’t be both a theocracy and a democracy without erasing the freedom we cherish.
He said, “I was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
According to the American Bible Society, Chattanooga is the most Bible-minded city in the U.S. There were times when I experienced what happens when the wall between church and state is ignored.
“One of my junior high school teachers required students to read from the New Testament before class. My high school scheduled events in the auditorium where preachers witnessed to the students about Christianity. My Jewish faith was occasionally challenged and I was asked why I didn't believe in God."
“Dubrow’s novel isn’t anti-Christian—it is pro-freedom of religion,” SFK Press publisher Steve McCondichie said. “What makes the lead character heroic is not only his stance against tyranny but the motives for his bravery - an innate desire to freely exercise the religion of his ancestors as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.”
“American Judas” is a dystopian tale about a young couple’s life after opportunistic U.S. politicians abolish separation between Church and State. Seth and Maggie Ginsberg do their best to navigate an oppressive theocracy where fundamental Christianity is the only legal religion, and abortion, homosexuality, and adultery are outlawed. When a co-worker outs Seth as a Jew, Seth escapes to Mexico, but Maggie is sent to a Savior Camp. “American Judas” mixes political satire, suspense, and family drama, and explores, among other possibilities, lost faith in America and what this might mean for the freedoms we hold dear.
An award-winning writer/producer, Mickey Dubrow has written television promos, marketing presentations, and scripts for over thirty years. He has written personal essays and short stories for both print and online publications. He holds a BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is a member of the board of the Decatur Writers Studio. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and five cats.