Friday, June 10, 2005

They've noticed

The Richard Scaife-funded Institute on Religion and Democracy has a belated report on the "Examining the Real Agenda of the Religious Right" Conference. Amongst all the usual crud, they give Fred Clarkson and Chip Berlet kudos of a sort:
There were occasional voices of moderation among the more secular speakers. "If we are going to ask the Christian right to stop engaging in demonization, we need to inspect some of our own language," suggested Berlet. He asked conference participants to "avoid terms of derision" such as "extremists" and "radical religious right." Berlet later expressed his disagreement with Bokaer's call to "shut down the government." He drew loud expressions of protest when he urged his audience to "acknowledge that the majority of Americans don't see the world the way we do."

Clarkson similarly encouraged participants to "be civil," noting that "radical religious extremist" is "just an epithet" with no descriptive value. Porteous said that liberals should not be afraid of "proclaim[ing] our ethics and our values" through opposing public indecency and working to reduce the number of abortions. The latter remark provoked a loud "No!" from the audience.

Wonder what they'll make of Talk To Action, where Fred, Chip (and I) are blogging?


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