Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Conference on Dominionism, Oct. 21-22

Last spring, the Graduate Program of the City University of New York and the New York Open Center, co-sponsored an important conference on the theocratic Christian Right. I was pleased to be among the speakers, and am honored to be participating in the follow-up conference -- along with fellow Talk to Action writers, Chip Berlet and Esther Kaplan -- who will be joining us soon.

Here is some info about the event, and a link to where you can get registration info.

Dominionism, Political Power & the Theocratic Right

Dominionism is an influential form of fundamentalist religion that believes that in order to fulfill biblical prophecy, "godly Christians" must take control of the levers of political and judicial power in America in the near future.... Just how has this religious ideology gained influence in Congress, American political culture, and in shaping U.S. policy in the Middle East and on the environment? What can be done to alert concerned citizens to the theocratic impulse growing in their midst? The goal of this seminar is to examine the power and influence of a religious and political movement that questions the separation of church and state, and that aims to establish a biblical society governed by biblical laws.

Chip Berlet, Senior Analyst, Political Research Associates; co-author, Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort; Frederick Clarkson, author, Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy; Michael Northcott, teaches Christian Ethics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland; author, An Angel Directs the Storm: Apocalyptic Religion and American Empire; Esther Kaplan, author, With God on Their Side: How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science, Policy and Democracy in George W. Bush's White House.

Friday October 21 7:30-9:30pm & Saturday Oct. 22 10am-6pm $85; $50 students

Friday October 21 7:30-9:30pm $15

Saturday October 22 10am-6pm $75

A DVD of highlights from the previous conference Examining the Agenda of the Religious Far Right is available for $19.95. It features Karen Armstrong, Joan Bokaer, Joseph Hough, Robert Edgar, Hugh Urban, Chip Berlet and Frederick Clarkson.

6 Comments:

Blogger Sunfell said...

I really wish I could go- but my poor little budget says, "Sorry, no!" I hope to get some good information from it, and I need to order that DVD, too.

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Blogger patienceb said...

I downloaded that brochure and reread it several times. WOW. It would be wonderful if you could take that show on the road. We need help here and as much as I love New York...
Perhaps you could come to Vancouver/Portland?
Or, perhaps maybe we need to start a speakers bureau fund to send you guys on the road to small non-profits accross the nation.
I have helped to start a 1st Amendment group in my area, but we are finding the ignorance in this area is astounding....
Thanks again. WIsh I could go or intern with some of you folks. There is so much to learn.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Frederick Clarkson said...

great ideas, patienceb. When we launch the interactive version of Talk to Action, we will have a speakers bureau. But people still have gotta want us to come. We all do some speaking, but I for one, am interested in doing a lot more.

I agree that a road show of this sort is very much in order -- and have advocated this idea in some circles. I think there is enough talent around to make it go, like any other road show. But to finance it and organize it -- that is the challenge.

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