Globalizing Family Values: The Christian Right in International Politics

Globalizing Family Values: The Christian Right in International Politics

Globalizing Family Values: The Christian Right in International Politics

Globalizing Family Values: The Christian Right in International Politics

Synopsis

With little fanfare and profound effect, "family values" have gone global, and the influence of the Christian Right is increasingly felt internationally. This is the first comprehensive study of the Christian Right's global reach and its impact on international law and politics. Doris Buss and Didi Herman explore tensions, contradictions, victories, and defeats for the Christian Right's global project, particularly in the United Nations. The authors consult Christian Right materials, from pamphlets to novels; conduct interviews with people in the movement; and provide a firsthand account of the World Congress of Families II in 1999, a key event in formulating Christian Right global policy and strategy. The result is a detailed look at a new global player--its campaigns against women's rights, population policy, and gay and lesbian rights; its efforts to build an alliance of orthodox faiths with non-Christians; and the tensions and strains as it seeks to negotiate a role for conservative Christianity in a changing global order.

Excerpt

Imperatives for the future include: To take energetic action within the NGO process to blunt or prevent new assaults on family integrity; to identify, protect, and help advance existing “friends of the family” within the U.N. Secretariat; to “place” such friends in positions of current or potential infl uence within the U.N. Secretariat; and to build an international movement of “religiously grounded family morality systems” that can infl uence and eventually shape social policy at the United Nations.

Allan Carlson, The New Agrarian Mind

In the final days of the twentieth century, a remarkable conference took place in Geneva, Switzerland. The opening event, a plenary gathering in the imposing United Nations Palais, was addressed by, among others, Raymonde Martineau, the United Nations Head of Non-Governmental Organization Relations; Jehan Sadat, the wife of assassinated Egyptian president Anwar Sadat; and George Haley, the American ambassador to Gambia. Among the conference's sessions were “A Life-long Covenant of Marriage, ” “The Needs of Children, ” and “The Family at the UN.” This conference, World Congress of Families II (WCFII), brought together . . .

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