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About Frederick Clarkson

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Frederick Clarkson is Senior Fellow at Political Research Associates, and an independent journalist, author and lecturer who has written about politics and religion for more than three decades.

He has written many ground breaking exposes. He was the first to report that elements of the Christian Right were encouraging the formation of citizen militias – five years before the Oklahoma City bombing propelled the militia movement into national consciousness. (Mother Jones). His 1991 undercover investigation of Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition was the first to expose the group’s plans to take over the Republican Party. (Church & State). He was the first to report the alliance between Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and the Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon in advance of the Million Family March on Washington, DC in October 2000. (

He is the editor of Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics in America, Ig Publishing, October 2008; and the author of Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy, Common Courage Press, (1997). The Humanist magazine called it “the best book yet written about the religious right.” Church & State magazine called it “essential reading for anyone who cares about freedom.” He co-authored Challenging the Christian Right: The Activist’s Handbook, (Institute for First Amendment Studies 1992; Ms. Foundation edition, 1994) for which he and his co-author were named among the “Media Heroes of 1992” by the Institute for Alternative Journalism. They were described as “especially brave at taking on powerful institutions and persistent about getting stories out… journalists and activists who persevere in fighting censorship and protecting the First Amendment,” and “understanding the Christian Right’s recent strategy of stealth politics early on, and or doggedly tracking its activities across the U.S.” His articles have been anthologized in such scholarly works as Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movements, Routledge, 2000; Harcourt Source Readings for American Government, Harcourt College Publishers, 2000; and Eyes Right: Challenging the Right-wing Backlash, South End Press, 1995. He or his work have often been cited by major newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. His radio appearances include NPR’s Fresh Air, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Talk of the Nation, as well as Democracy Now, and various programs on Air America.¬† His television¬†appearances include the CBS Evening News, ABC’s 20/20, CNN, Fox News, as well as the BBC the CBC, and Al Jazeera, English.

He is the co-founder of Talk to Action, a group blog dedicated to reporting on and analysis of the Religious Right, and is a member of the editorial board of The Public Eye magazine.

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July 14th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

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  1. There is a cult in Richmond NH called the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. They call themselves “militant Catholics”, however, the Diocese of Manchester does not recognize them and advises all true Catholics to stay away. The SPLC’s Intelligence Report has labeled them one of the “Dirty Dozen” Catholic hate groups in the country. The Boston Globe did a story in which 2 prominent members to the SBC DENIED the holocaust. Boston Channel 5 Chronicle did a investigative report on the SBC last Fall. On their own website ( they state their desire to covert America, change the Constitution and take over the public education system.

    For the past few years they have been battling the Town of Richmond in their desire to build a new church/school in a rural residential area. The planning board and the zoning board put restrictions on them that they did not like. At first they decided to sue the Town of Richmond. Recently, they expanded their lawsuit and are now suing the 12 indvidual board members for $4.25 MILLION DOLLARS. Richmond has only 1100 people and annual budget is less than 1 million dollars. If sucessfull, the SBC will bankrupt the Town and most likely the 12 individuals. People who were planning to run for board positions are saying “no way”.

    Most recently, even though I was not part of the law suit,I was served a subpoena. I am supposed to provide all records, emails, conversations that I have ever had to anyone , anywhere about the SBC. I am being forced to hire an attorney at my own expense. I consider this harassment and intimidation.
    I will try to fight this as hard as I can. If anyone knows someone out there that can help us save our town, please get back to me.

    russ provost

    8 Sep 08 at 9:53 am

  2. […] lot in common,” an article written by Kimberly Blaker. And if you’re not familiar with Frederick Clarkson of Talk to Action, you might want to take a gander at his work detailing the dangers that American […]

  3. I enjoyed your appearance on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman last night,

    Peace, Rachel Golem

    Rachel Golem

    10 Sep 08 at 10:30 am

  4. Fred rsvp your interest/availability for local speaking engagement 9:00am some Sunday morning for you (if 9:00am is ever convenient!)

    Thank you,
    Bruce Randall
    107 Colton Place
    Longmeadow, Massachusetts

    Bruce Randall

    13 Sep 08 at 6:53 pm

  5. Hi Randall, Thanks for the kind invitation. I certainly do public speaking, although not too often at that hour!

    I’ll email you.



    13 Sep 08 at 9:09 pm

  6. Hi, Fred,

    I was about to write my first diary at Daily Kos when I searched existing entries and found yours titled “Beck, Romney & The Future of the Religious Right”. Outstanding.

    I have put a link to your site on mine, a reciprocal link would be appreciated but not expected.

    Best regards,
    Bill Wexler

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