08 April 2006

Onward leftist Christian soldiers

As a longtime member of the religious left, I've found all this talk about the "religious right" emerging from the USA somewhat confusing. Back in the 1970s I got a directory of the religious left in America, where it was all happening. Jesus freaks, the "Win with love" collective, the Christian World Liberation Front and all the rest.

Where did it all go wrong? Who made the sudden right turn, so that by the end of the 1970s no one talked about the religious left any more, and there was only the "religious right"?

Was it for real, or was it just media spin, or was it both?

Anyway, this blog...

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Onward, Leftist Christian Soldiers ...

refers to an article about the revival of the religious left in the USA.

Is it a revival, or is it just that the submarine church has been taking a long time surfacing?

As for me, i don't know where I'd fit into the scenario. Bible-thumping peacenik, perhaps. The Americans, however, can't seem to get around their identification of everything with their two main political parties, which are just like Tweedledum and Tweedledee. The belligerent Mr Blair supported both with no discrimination. He supported the Clinton-Albright war on Yugoslavia, and the Bush-Rumsfeld ones against Afghanistan and Iraq, with no distinction.

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