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According to journalist Katherine Stewart, the religious right is more than a social movement preoccupied with cultural issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. Stewart steps forward at Town Hall to reveal how America’s religious nationalists aren’t just fighting a culture war, they are waging a political war on the norms and institutions of American democracy. Drawing from her book The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism, Stewart highlights the ways this movement seeks to gain power and impose its vision on all of society.
In conversation with journalist and American right-wing extremism expert David Neiwert, Stewart pulls back the curtain on the inner workings and leading personalities of a movement that has turned religion into a tool for domination. Through incisive reporting, Stewart exposes a dense network of think tanks, advocacy groups, and pastoral organizations embedded in a rapidly expanding community of international alliances and united by a shared, anti-democratic vision and common will to power. Tracing the funding of this movement, Stewart reveals a cadre of super-wealthy, ultraconservative donors and family foundations seeking to control all aspects of government and society. She shows that today’s Christian nationalism is the fruit of a longstanding antidemocratic, reactionary strain of American thought that draws on some of the most troubling episodes in America’s past. Join Stewart and Neiwert for an exposition of why Christian nationalism should be taken seriously as a significant threat to the American republic and our democratic freedoms.
Katherine Stewart is a journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, American Prospect, The Atlantic and other publications. She is the author of The Good News Club, an investigation of the religious right and public education.
David Neiwert is a freelance journalist and author of And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border. He is the former editor of the political blog Crooks And Liars, and he served as contributing writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s blog, Hatewatch.
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