We interrupt your regularly scheduled program for a BREAKING NEWS flash! Apparently, right-wing Christians gathered in Nashville recently to craft a statement saying they don’t want gay people to marry!
The rhetoric offered at last weekend’s Values Voters Summit confirmed an Orwellian truth: The Religious Right has always been at war with Eastasia. Its manufactured culture war remains at the heart of its message – and it needs young people to take up the fight.
Viewed through this militant lens, the Religious Right’s fixation on the young makes sense. Armies recruit, and lately, recruitment is down. They're losing the younger generation.
The Supreme Court’s June rulings on marriage equality were definitely a blow to the Religious Right. The reaction of these groups was nothing short of hysterical.
So what does the future hold for this movement? Some analysts are quick to point at cultural and demographic trends that they say spell doom for the Religious Right. I’m not so sure.
The Washington Post featured a scary article today about Charles Colson, the Nixon-era hatchet-man turned Religious Right commanding general.
Colson, the newspaper says, is quietly training a cadre of fundamentalist true believers who will take their “biblical worldview” into every area of life, including American politics.
Chuck Colson has declared his biggest fear is theocracy.
Yes, you read that right. The Religious Right warhorse has just told The New York Times that his “greatest concern is theocracy.”
In a profile in the Times Sunday magazine, Colson was asked what he considers the greatest misconception about Christians.