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 Progressive Writers' Bloc   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Evidently the "moral" issues in the election were reduced, for the Christian Right to abortion, gay marriage, and stem cell research.
Liberal Christians (unlike most of their compatriots to the far Right) recognize the moral complexity of these issues and the need for careful reflection on the context of biblical guidelines invoked in discussing them.
What is most offensive about the positions routinely taken by the "Christian Right" on all three of these issues is the oversimplification of what is at stake for persons immediately involved, and their alarming unwillingness to see these issues in the wider context.
progressivewritersbloc.com /MCMc/ChristianRight.htm   (1354 words)

 PublicEye.org - The Christian Right Seeks Dominion
As the Christian Right continues to march steadily, though less noisily, toward assuming political power, movement leaders are now debating their future as unyielding moral crusaders, as rank-and-file Republicans, or as some combination of both.
Opponents of the Christian Right stand to lose if they do not recognize that, while the movement indeed has some wild policy goals, the agenda is supported by millions of people as common as the neighbors next door.
While the Christian Right stands to mature in the process of charting its own course, liberal centrist critics of the movement seem to be wearing blinders; they continue to depict politically active evangelicals as "extremists" somehow outside of or not belonging to "mainstream" culture, let alone everyday party politics.
www.publiceye.org /eyes/sd_theo.html   (2393 words)

 The Political - Christian Right
On a bigger scale, the more radical of the Politico-Christian Right forces were able to take over the GOP party platform in California, immediately changing the GOP party platform such that no GOP candidate could support a woman's right to choose what happens to her body.
From GOP candidates actively seeking to appease Christian demagogues to win their favor, to GWBush's visit to Bob Jones' University and risking his chances in a national election---it is clear that when Ronald Reagan bent knee to the religious right to win the presidency, he created a monster of leviathan proportions.
While initially it was comprised of puppet Christian leaders, such as Falwell and Robertson, who--for all of their avarice, greed and willingness to sacrifice their integrity to participate in the schemes to commandeer the Republican Party--were not originally of an extremist nature.
www.informationclearinghouse.info /article4249.htm   (1909 words)

This has been the case since the Christian Bishops were invited to 'go up' to meet the Roman Caesar Constantine at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. Church and State are the warp and woof of Western Civilization.
During the runup to the last election in 2004 there was lot of freefloating righteous indignation in the land about the moral tailspin in the media, the schools, and in the nation generally.
Nevertheless, Christian political activists believe that playing the political game is the only solid down to earth avenue open for them in their quest to bring back the Godly American culture they once knew and loved.
endtimepilgrim.org /puritans13.htm   (8071 words)

 The Political Mobilization of the New Christian Right by Bryan Le Beau (Part 1)
Embodied in the national arena by William Jennings Bryan, the Christian Right was a driving force behind such disparate movements as currency reform, regulation of corporate abuses, and adoption of direct democracy through initiative, referendum, and recall (Levine 1975).
And, although the states rights revolt at the 1948 Democratic National Convention had demonstrated the capacity of the civil rights issue to draw southern whites away from a Democratic allegiance, the partisan impact of that controversy was checked by the similarity of the Democratic and Republican positions until the 1960s.
The Christian Coalition framed school prayer as a student's right to pray or to free speech, and abortion became a civil rights issue involving the rights of the unborn (Moen 1994, 167).
are.as.wvu.edu /lebeau1.htm   (2558 words)

 Christian-right views are swaying politicians and threatening the environment | By Glenn Scherer | Grist | Main Dish | ...
Opposing abortion and stem-cell research is consistent with the religious right's belief that life begins at the moment of conception.
Christian dominion will be achieved by ending the separation of church and state, replacing U.S. democracy with a theocracy ruled by Old Testament law, and cutting all government social programs, instead turning that work over to Christian churches.
Christian Zionists believe that the 1948 creation of the state of Israel marked the first event in what author Hal Lindsey calls the "countdown to Armageddon" and they are committed to making that doomsday clock tick faster, speeding Christ's return.
www.grist.org /news/maindish/2004/10/27/scherer-christian   (4025 words)

 CybDem: Fight the Christian Right
The Christian right developed a talent for crafting state laws and amendments to serve as wedge issues, rallying their base, and forcing the other side to defend seemingly extreme positions.
Americans need to learn what Christian Reconstructionism means so that they can decide whether they approve of their congressmen consorting with theocrats.
Committed Christian nationalists won't be won over, but some of their would-be sympathizers might be inoculated against the claim that progressives want to extirpate their faith, making it harder for the right to frame every political dispute as part of a war against Jesus.
cyborgdemocracy.net /2006/06/fight-christian-right.html   (986 words)

 Christian right targets school boards // Conservative agenda part of local races
The Christian right is marching on a school board near you.
At the forefront of the effort are three powerful men in the conservative Christian political movement in California and the nation: Robert Simonds, leader of the Santa-Ana based Citizens for Excellence in Education.
She called herself "definitely" a member of the Christian right, but said she doesn't think that makes much difference at the elementary level.
www-personal.umich.edu /~froomkin/texts/411.html   (1395 words)

 Amazon.com: What's Wrong With The Christian Right: Books: Jan G. Linn   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
With careful documentation, this book exposes the extent to which the Christian Right is influencing American politics, who its political allies are, the ways it is working to re-shape America into its own image, and the hypocrisy it practices in the process.
This book offers another viewpoint of Christian thinking by challenging the thoughts of the Christian Right and exposing the non-bibical and political agenda that are behind their ways of thnking and acting.
Christians in the US who do not share the convictions of the Christian Right often feel frustrated that the news media ignore us altogether.
www.amazon.com /Whats-Wrong-Christian-Right-Linn/dp/1581124244   (2143 words)

 Christian right - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The Christian right is a term collectively referring to a spectrum of right-wing Christian political and social movements and organizations characterized by their strong support of social values they deem in line with Christian values in western countries.
So even though many leaders of the Christian Right are outspoken critics of radical Islam, conservative Christians, Muslim social conservatives, and Orthodox Jews sometimes cooperate in national and international projects, especially through the World Congress of Families and United Nations NGO gatherings.
In Canada, Australia and New Zealand, their respective Christian Right movements support Stephen Harper, John Howard and Don Brash, although the latter was arguably prevented from wining the last New Zealand General Election in 2005 due to badly-timed Exclusive Brethren interference which may have cost urban votes.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Christian_right   (3982 words)

 Religious right - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term Religious Right is a broad label applied by both scholars and critics to a number of political and religious movements and groups that primarily are active around conservative and right wing social issues.
Sometimes the term Religious Right is used interchangeably with the term Christian right, although some argue for a distinction.
The Christian Right in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, for example, has made efforts to reach out to Orthodox Jews and Muslim social conservatives, especially in building coalitions against abortion and same-sex marriage.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Religious_right   (413 words)

 Taking on the Christian Right
Far right Christian leaders often claim that the United States was founded as a Christian nation and that liberals and their “activist” judges thwart the will of the founding fathers to allow things like abortion and same-sex marriage.
Though many conference speakers denounced the right’s claim to represent all people of faith, several identified the perceived disdain for religion on the part of much of the left as a significant obstacle in organizing against the right’s march toward dominion.
Progressives must also take the right’s demands and concerns seriously and confront them head-on, Berlet urged, directly challenging their policies on things like health care and poverty and the morality of their outcomes.
zmagsite.zmag.org /JulAug2005/chenelle0705.html   (1076 words)

 The Fundamentals of Extremism: the Christian Right in America
The Fundamentals of Extremism: the Christian Right in America
With the exception of the burqa (and even that, one feels, is missing only because St Paul forgot to mention it) all the ingredients are there: slavish adherence to a misunderstood old text; hatred of women, modernity, rival religions, science and pleasure; love of punishment, bullying, narrow-minded, bossy interference in every aspect of life.
The Religious Right is, in the deepest and truest sense of the word, un-American."
www.newbostonbooks.com   (764 words)

 Swans Commentary: Kimberly Blaker's "The Fundamentals of Extremism," by Gilles d'Aymery - ga158
Bush, a born-again Christian, could well be in a position to select one or more justices for the Supreme Court, especially if he is re-elected in 2004, is proof enough of the seriousness of the situation.
The hard core of the Religious Right is anti-science, anti-environment, anti-public education, anti-choice, anti-feminism, anti-gay and lesbian rights, anti-sex education, anti-free-speech, anti-pornography, anti-affirmative action, anti-welfare, anti-civil rights, anti-evolution, anti-interracial relationships, anti-tax, anti-AIDs funding, anti-pluralism, anti-liberalism, anti-other religions, anti-scientific research, anti-secularism, anti-modernity...
Blaker and her collaborators to alert the American people to the dangers posed by the Christian Right are laudable.
www.swans.com /library/art9/ga158.html   (1197 words)

 Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party
The Christian Coalition was founded in 1989 by television preacher Pat Robertson to take over the Repuliban Party from the bottom up.
To read Christian Coalition scorecards for the 108th Congress, and the issues on which they were based, click here.
For those not aware, Justice Sunday is now a permanent piece of the religious right's arsenal in their war on the separation of church and state.
www.theocracywatch.org   (1863 words)

 AlterNet: Tyranny of the Christian Right
Christian nationalism is still constrained by the Constitution, the courts, and by a passionate democratic (and occasionally Democratic) opposition.
The answer to the Christian Right is to counter it with love compassion, and true social justice, not some chilly secular materialism.
A Christian theocracy is a totalitarian state without a constitution or written laws (apart from the Bible) in which citizens have no inherent value and are born owed nothing.
www.alternet.org /story/36640   (10169 words)

 The Sinner's Guide to the Evangelical Right
As the Nov. 7 elections near, Missouri's Senate race is intertwining with a ballot measure that would engrave the right to conduct embryonic stem cell research into the state constitution.
Christians gather around the world each Christmas to sing about "poor baby Jesus" asleep in the manger with no crib for his bed.But the Rev. Creflo Dollar looks inside that manger, and he doesn't see a poor baby at all.
[From the Washington Post] Evangelical Christian leaders are tackling a growing list of domestic and international issues, such as genocide in Darfur and global warming, despite dissension in their ranks over whether this broader moral agenda will dilute their political power just before crucial elections.
www.evangelicalright.com   (6270 words)

 Australian Christian Lobby National Homepage
ACT Opposition Leader and Shadow Attorney General, Bill Stefaniak, said today the Chief Minister is unfairly demonizing the Australian Christian lobby over his disallowed Civil Union legislation.
The Australian Prayer Network is calling Churches, Prayer Groups and individuals across Australia to a season of 40 days of "Seeking the face of God for the drought" beginning this Sunday 22nd October and concluding on 30th November.
The Australian Christian Lobby encourages its supporters, and readers of its website, to research the issues raised.
www.acl.org.au   (1048 words)

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