Tuesday, July 12, 2005

From Talking Heads, to Talk to Action

In April, some will recall that there was a major conference in New York called Examining the Agenda of the Religious Far Right. Z Magazine has just published an article about the conference titled "Taking on the Christian Right" that will be of interest to many. (The conference organizers, by the way, have produced a one-hour DVD of the conference which they will make available soon.)

The Z piece also mentions Talk to Action. This summer, our temporary blog site will evolve into a far more ambitious interactive site that will function much like The Daily Kos and Booman Tribune. (If you are not familiar with these sites, give one or both a try. If you are able to participate in either of those, you will be able to participate in Talk to Action. TTA will be easier.)

Meanwhile, our Talk to Action colleague Scott Isebrand has a fine inaugural post on his new Religious Right Watch blog site. Scott picks up on the theme we have been stressing regarding the need to reclaim American history from the bogus version peddled by Christian nationalists like Dr. D. James Kennedy and David Barton.

Isebrand succinctly concludes: "...the governing document of the United States, our Constitution, nowhere mentions God. The Constitution demands that there will never be religious tests for public office, and Jefferson's ideals of the separation of Church and State were embraced by the day's thinkers."

"But this is no longer the case. These concepts dear to Jefferson are not self-evident any longer. They are not embraced by the majority of our nation's Congressmembers, our President, or many judges. They are in danger of being forgotten and replaced by something altogether different, something anathema to the rational citizen."

This is the kind of thinking and writing that will help to change the terms of debate in America.

If you had to prove to an otherwise informed, but open minded person that the U.S. was not founded as a Christian Nation, how would you do it?

Isebrand sources some of his post the excellent book, The Godless Constitution. I also try to answer this question in my book Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy. What are the simplest, best, and most convincing ways to make the argument? How would you tell the story of how the framers of the Constitution approached matters of religion? This is something that I expect we will be discussing a great deal (among other things) when we launch the interactive version of Talk to Action.

[Adapted from FrederickClarkson.com ]


Blogger Bruce Wilson said...

If the current investigation into Karl Rove's involvement in the outing of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative results even in the toppling of the Bush Administration ( highly unlikely ) it is important to remember this : the religious right is involved in a long term march to power and would not be deterred even if George W. Bush himself were to be impeached.

Many on the left, however, might just be lulled back to sleep. That would be a mistake.

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