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. (Salon.com)
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.