Public Attitudes toward Church and State

By Ted G. Jelen; Clyde Wilcox | Go to book overview
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Religion and Politics:
A Contested Public Space

A recent mailing from the Christian Coalition contained the following appeal:

The radical left [has a] strategy to silence Christian voices and suppress the Christian vote for the critically important 1994 Congressional Elections. . . . They want to intimidate Christians into staying out of the political process. . . . The liberal majority which controls Congress desperately wants to shut down and silence Christian and pro-family broadcasters. (emphasis in original)

The specific piece of legislation to which this mailing represents a response was a measure termed the "Fairness in Broadcasting Act."

A recent "Special Memorandum and Report" from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to its members dealt with "attacks on religious liberty and separation of church and state." The mailing read, in part:

Christian extremists are orchestrating a massive, nationwide defiance of the Bill of Rights and Supreme Court rulings . . . the most extensive, heavily funded effort ever by the Religious Right to force religious indoctrination into our public schools. . . . The political arms of the Religious Right are taking over school boards, which the ACLU will have to sue when they inevitably impose their Christian extremist agendas. . . . [The Religious Right] exhibits the kind of narrow thinking that will eventually foment the religious strife that has torn apart other societies. . . . (emphasis in original)


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