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Check out this multi-part series on the Religious Right

I got an email from House Blend reader Faithful Progressive, about his series, Extremely Influential: The Christian Right in America 2005. FP is former official Bob Graham Blogger, former Kerry Internet Town Meeting Organizer, and current member of an ELCA/UCC partnership church. This is a recommended read. A snippet:

When Faithful Progressive was growing up, there were many religious leaders to admire. First and foremost was Dr. Martin Luther King–who taught a whole generation to stand up for what was right. After working with hundreds of young people on the recent election, one thing is clear to me: many young people hold Christianity in very low regard. The Simpsons captured this view well when it sent cartoon character Ned Flanders to Bible camp “to learn to be more judgmental.” A whole generation associates religion with hate, intolerance and war–exactly the opposite of what my generation learned from Dr. King. How did this come to be? How did the faith– what King called the “warm and reviving breeze of hope”– become the harsh wind of self-righteousness and triumphalism?

When and how did Christianity become so ideological and rigid? Faithful Progressive will explore this issue at length over the next weeks. Here’s our essential premise: there is a new right-wing “orthodox fundamentalist Christianity” that has penetrated American culture at a level that makes it the semi-official religion of the U.S. It strives to be the semi-official culture in the broader society as well. It is a view of religion, politics and culture that is urged upon us by a group of multi-layered corporations, foundations and co-religionists that have access to government at the highest levels. There is a significant group that hold extremist views and subscribe to bizarre conspiracy theories. So far, the more mainstream members of the Christian Right have been unwilling to distance themselves from the extremists. First, what do we mean by the term the Christian Right?

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