Monday, December 27, 2004

The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy--on your radio!

From Fredrick Clarkson:
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I taped an interview this past week, with the weekly radio show, Writer's Voice.

My interview will air on on Tuesday, December 28, WMUA 91.1 FM, 5:30 to 6:30 PM. WMUA is the radio station sponsored by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. (Past guests have included such authors as Patricia Lee Lewis, Martin Espada, Jim Hightower and Robert Reich.)

If you don't live in the WMUA broadcast area, it is possible to hear the show on streaming audio: You should probably test it before the programming in case you encounter technical difficulties. WMUA programming is broadcast via

You can find out more about the show here:

Our interview will be edited, so I am not sure what elements will finally be in there. Our discussion of my book Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy, included some of the challenges of writing about the Christian Right.

We also talked about the contemporary Christian Right, a bit about the history of theocracy in the original 13 colonies, and how the Constitution was intended to overturn the colonial theocracies; how I struggled with the Christian Right's assertion that America was founded as a Christian Nation; how I needed to find a comprehensive answer to that assertion, and why it was important to me that I did. We also talk a bit about the strengths and weaknesses of the Christian Right, what can be done to counter it, the politiccs of abortion, and the meanings of such things as religious bigotry, religious equality, citizenship, community, politics and government.

Its a lot of ground to cover, but I think it all hangs together coherently.

If you miss the show, and want to hear it, the show will be archived here:

Wishing you a Happy and Peaceful New Year,


Listen in, live or via the web. Fred's a good guy, and insightful too.


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