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— from journalist Paul Rosenberg, writing at Crooks & Liars.
Rosenberg notes that a lot of writers have taken the view that the Religious Right is down for the count for a variety of reasons, and has little left because of the inevitability of marriage equality:
But is this hunker-down strategy really all that the religious right has left? Frederick Clarkson, author of Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy warns that it’s not. A taker of the long view, as the title of his book suggests, he reminds us, “It is easy to forget that much of Christianity is still emerging from the fog of religious war and the smoldering tensions of the Protestant Reformation.” That’s not exactly how most political observers — even on the left — approach trying to understand the Religious Right, and it’s exactly why they all should be paying more attention to Clarkson, and the developments he tracks — central to which is an unprecedented degree of cooperation between Protestant evangelicals and the Catholic Church.
It would be hard to be awake in America and not sense that some deep currents are shifting somewhere beneath the surface of our our politics and religion — things that go unmeasured by sociologists and pollsters. But but we do get glimpses of these developments in the media and in the actual political behavior of conservative pols and religious leaders. Nevertheless, it can be hard to see, even when it is right in front of us.
Trends are often like that. We don’t really see them, until we do. And when we do, we are surprised that we hadn’t fully realized it before.
And that’s how I have felt about the growing alliance between the leaders of the U.S. Catholic Bishops and the leaders of the protestant evangelical Christian Right. I have written an essay, Christian Right Seeks Renewal in Deepening Catholic-Protestant Alliance, for the next issue of The Public Eye magazine about this and some of the implications.
It is remarkable how little has been written about Rev. Louie Giglio’s disingenuous statements on the occasion of his withdrawal from participation in the presidential inauguration ceremony. Suffice to say that he has not retreated one bit from the hateful statements that surfaced and forced his departure. But the real problem, you see, is not Giglio. It’s those crafty gay people who objected to the hate. Much more.
Yes, for a number of years now, elements of the Democratic Party sometimes pander to the Religious Right to the point where its more like aping the Religious Right. Just when I thought the leadership was pretty much over it, the Rev. Louie Giglio imbroglio shows that I was wrong.
A lone sheep cries out:
There are more of us than them!
The flock keeps grazing.
When I was on The Sunday Show on KPFA-FM in Berkeley this afternoon, there was some discussion about potential Left-Right alliances in relation to the national conversation about gun control. People who are thinking about that will want to check out a 2006 article by Abby Scher discussing lessons learned from organizing against The Patriot Act.
Once upon a time, I had a blog. And then a group blog. And I participated on other group blogs. And then there was social media, and I did some of that too. Oh God, thy cyberspace is so big and my blog is so small.
That said, you can follow me on Twitter.
Could it be: “So the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of kindergarteners.”
Its always interesting to write for a publication for the first time. When my friend Osagyefo Sekou became the Editor in Chief of the Boston version of the monthly newspaper Spare Change News, he asked me to write about the results of the marriage equality referenda in four states, and how some things have changed in the political and religious communities.
I had always admired Spare Change News. It is one of a number of similar newspapers across the country intended to provide a dignified way for homeless people to earn income without panhandling, and keep issues of homelessness before the reading public. Vendors keep a share of the cover price. The papers cover a variety of subjects — including issues of homelessness — making it a good read on the bus or the subway. At a time when newspapers are going out of business, Spare Change News is still out there.