Dark Ages Ahead at the Nlrb
Nichols, John, The Nation
Most Americans are probably unaware that "the Dark Ages were not all bad and the Enlightenment not all good." Or that "homosexuality [is] a sin worthy of death." Or that one of the greatest threats to the country is "the Feminization of American Life." Or that we should still be debating the question: "Who Was Right in the War Between the States: the Union or the Confederacy?"
If you are active with the Christian fundamentalist organization American Vision, however, this is mainstream thinking--or, more precisely, the thinking you hope to force down the throat of the mainstream. The Georgia-based group's president, Gary DeMar, preaches about "the necessity of storming the gates of hell" and cleansing public institutions of "secularism, atheism, humanism, and just plain anti-Christian sentiment." He may soon be dispatching a prominent foot soldier to do just that. J. Robert Brame III, American Vision's board secretary, reportedly tops President Bush's list of likely appointees to the National Labor Relations Board, the five-member agency that determines the fate of workers seeking union recognition and helps define how federal law protects women, gays and lesbians, and others seeking representation in the workplace.
Brame, a management lawyer, previously served on the board from 1997 to 2000. Technically appointed by Bill Clinton, he was actually a choice forced upon the former President by Senate Republicans who refused to act on Clinton's appointments unless he gave Brame the job. …