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This is just a heads up for the latest blog post from Adam (Power of Nightmares) Curtis who hits it out of the park once again, this time on the subject Who Would God vote for? which follows the parallel development of religious activism in the US and Iran from the late Seventies onwards:

In the early 1970s in Washington a small group of young conservative activists came together to try and change American politics. They called themselves the New Right and they were convinced that unless they did something drastic, the liberals and the left-wingers in America were going to take over the country.

Some terrific archive footage on display - including President Carter's disastrous "Tear gas" photo-call on the White House lawn with the Shah of Iran and Reagan milking the evangelical vote for all it's worth, not to mention Jerry Falwell in his prime (and his darkest hour!). And wait until you see the toys that the Iranian Mullahs dish out to the kids!

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  •  Very simple (2+ / 0-)
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    ActivistGuy, G2geek

    "Christian Academies" started popping up whenever a school district became subject to a desegregation order. The Christian Right followed from there.

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 05:57:48 PM PDT

  •  May Have Begun Earlier. The Modern Rightwing (2+ / 0-)
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    Saint Jimmy, G2geek

    revolution more or less started at Goldwater's defeat. Some of them may have gotten onto the evangelicals earlier.

    I do know that I was hearing nothing political from radio and televangelists through the mid 60's. Very early in the 70's there were "non" denominational [ie, Southern Baptist] Bible study groups popping up on campuses. I don't know if the youthful New Right would've had time to get this started but I can't doubt they were involved.

    It definitely goes back at least to the early 70's, absolutely.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 06:23:00 PM PDT

  •  Read "American Theocracy" by Kevin Phillips. The (0+ / 0-)

    man is a genius and he explains it in his book, which is only one of several excellent books he has authored.

    I'll meet you at the bottom, if there really is one. They always told me when you hit it you'll know it. I've been fallin' for so long it's like gravity is gone and I'm just floatin'. ~ Drive by Truckers (ugly buildings, whores, and politicians)

    by Saint Jimmy on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 06:59:27 PM PDT

  •  YES y'all should go read the linked post. (0+ / 0-)

    Normally I don't endorse diaries that say "go read this LINK" but this time is an exception (tipped & recced) because the material is truly excellent.

    I differ with the BBC dude about the October Surprise, which he barely mentions.  It was well-documented at the time.  The "coincidence" of the hostages being freed at the very moment that Reagan was sworn into office, seemed incredibly fishy to me as I watched the news go back & forth between the two scenes as it happened.  And subsequently we found out that Reagan's advance team had made a deal with Iran and it went as planned.  

    When the news finally came out that this had happened, Carter was interviewed about whether he thought an impeachment was justified.  His response was that the US had so recently gone through a national trauma with the resignation of Nixon, that it should not be repeated.  

    But none the less: Reagan's advance team "treated with a foreign enemy in time of conflict", and that is the technical definition of treason.  

    Meanwhile we see the religious extremists in the US doing just enough over-reach that perhaps this election will be their devastating downfall.  But if not, then it's just the beginning.  

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 08:10:29 PM PDT

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