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Fall 2010

Beyond Green Jobs

The Public Eye, Fall 2010

Everyone wants to be green. Fossil fuel companies tout their commitments to the environment, with BP sporting its green and yellow flower logo and Chevron scooping up a Green Apple award for promoting public-school energy efficiency. In 2009 Exxon-Mobil got itself named Forbes magazine’s Green Company of the Year for stepping up its natural gas production.



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Summer 2010
  From Schoolhouse to Statehouse:

The Public Eye

On May 21, Texas School Board member Cynthia Dunbar opened the board’s meeting with an invocation: “Whether we look to the first charter of Virginia, or the charter of New England, or the charter of Massachusetts Bay, or the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, the same objective is present—a Christian land governed by Christian principles.” Read more


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Winter 09/Spring 10 Edition


The U.S. Christian Right and the Attack on Gays in Africa

The Public Eye, Winter 09/Spring 10 Edition

For two days in early March 2009, Ugandans flocked to the Kampala Triangle Hotel for the Family Life Network's "Seminar on Exposing the Homosexuals' Agenda." The seminar's very title revealed its claim: LGBT people and activists are engaged in a well thought-out plan to take over the world. The U.S. culture wars had come to Africa with a vengeance. Read more...



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Vol. 24, No. 3 - Fall 2009   [PDF version]

The Politics of Schism in the Catholic Church
The Right-Wing Takeover of the Roman Catholic Church

The Public Eye, Fall 2009

I heard recently from one of my regular readers (I’ll call her “Kathy”) who shared her concerns about the future of our shared faith. Like me, she is a Roman Catholic with liberal religious and political inclinations. And, like me, she was distressed by several recent major events in the Church: the Ryan Report documenting generations of sexual abuse by the clergy in Ireland, the hostility expressed by several American bishops towards Notre Dame University for inviting President Obama to give the commencement address, and the recent conversion of Florida’s Father Alberto Cutié to the Episcopal Church.



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Vol. 24, No. 2 - Summer 2009   [PDF version]

From Movements to Mosques, Informants Endanger Democracy

The Public Eye, Summer 2009

In February, 2009, members of the Islamic Center of Irvine learned that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had hired Craig Monteilh, a 46-year-old fitness instructor and convicted con man, to infiltrate their mosque and keep it under surveillance. Members had wondered about Monteilh for a while. Back in 2007, the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), alarmed by his talk of jihad and plans for a terrorist attack, reported him to Irvine police and secured a three-year restraining order against him.




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Vol. 24, No. 1 - Spring 2009   [PDF version]

Younger Evangelicals
Where Will They Take the Christian Right?

Last October a chartered bus rolled deep through the South, its passengers college-aged young people drawing inspiration from the Freedom Riders of the 1960s. The black vinyl advertising plastered on the side broadcast the riders’ goals, “Equality Ride 2008: Faith in Action: Social Justice for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered People.” The bus brought young LGBTQ activists and their allies face to face with students at 15 Christian colleges in an attempt to generate more acceptance of homosexuality at evangelical schools.




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Vol. 23, No. 4 - Winter 2008   [PDF version]  

Post-Palin Feminism

From the podium at the Christian Right’s Values Voter Summit in mid-September, National Review Institute’s Kate O’Beirne, 59, pronounced that the “selection of Sarah Palin [as the GOP vice presidential nominee] sounded the death knell of modern American feminism.”

“She’s a prick to the liberal establishment, to the feminists, and to the men who fear them,” she jeered to the audience of Christian Right activists.




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Vol. 23, No. 3 - Fall 2008   [PDF version]

Abstaining From the Truth

Sex Education as Ideology
By Pam Chamberlain

The Osseo Public School District is in most ways a typical Minnesota suburban system: three high schools, scores of athletic teams, and a graduation rate of 94 percent. But for the past ten years, it has run a dual-track curriculum in sexuality education. Students can choose between an abstinence-only health class and a comprehensive sexuality education class—the result of a prolonged, and expensive, debate among community members ofthe district’s human sexuality curriculum advisory committee.

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Vol. 23, No. 2 - Summer 2008   [PDF version]

Nativist Bedfellows

The Christian Right Embraces Anti-Immigrant Politics
By Tarso Luís Ramos and Pam Chamberlain

If the September 2007 Values Voters Summit is anything to go by, the Christian Right is now nearly as worked up about illegal immigration as about abortion and same-sex marriage. At that political gathering—sponsored annually in Washington D.C. by such key groups as the Family Research Council and attracting grassroots activists from across the country —the Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector used fuzzy math as he told a packed room that low-skilled immigrants from Latin America actually drain, rather than bolster, the U.S. economy. A parade of Republican presidential hopefuls there to court support from right-wing Protestant evangelicals attempted to outdo each other with the aggressiveness of their border security plans and the severity of their proposed policies towards immigrants.

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Vol. 23, No. 1 - Spring 2008   [PDF version]

The North American Union
Right-wing Populist Conspiracism Rebounds
By Chip Berlet

The same right-wing populist fears of a collectivist one-world government and new world order that fueled Cold War anticommunism, mobilized opposition to the Civil Rights Movement, and spawned the armed citizens militia movement in the 1990s, have resurfaced as an elaborate conspiracy theory about the alleged impending creation of a North American Union that would merge the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

No such merger is seriously being contemplated by any of the three governments. Yet a conspiracy theory about the North American Union (NAU) simmered in right-wing “Patriot Movement” alternative media for several years before bubbling up to reach larger audiences in mass media when callers to talk radio and cable television news programs began asking about the alleged plans for the North American Union, and what was dubbed the “NAFTA Superhighway” linking Mexico to Canada through the American heartland.

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Also in this issue:
  • Pushed to the Altar: The Right-Wing Roots of Marriage Promotion
    by Jean V. Hardisty
  • The New Secular Fundamentalist Conspiracy!
    by Frederick Clarkson
  • Commentary: Judicial Watch Glories in Victories over Undocumented Workers
    by Eleanor J. Bader
  • The Conspiracy’s Kernel of Truth
    by Laura Carlsen
  • Eyes Right
  • Reports in Review

  • Web Only: One Raid at a Time: How Immigrant Crackdowns Build the National Security State
    by Roberto Lovato

  • Vol. 22, No. 4 - Winter 2007   [PDF version]

    First Amendment Blues
    Police Tactics Suppress Free Speech
    By Heidi Boghosian and Abby Scher

    Miles Swanson was a legal observer at the 2003 protests in Miami against the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas when he became victim of a “snatch squad,” a new police tactic where officers drag protestors off, having singled them out based on their perceived political ideology. It is unconstitutional to target someone for arrest based on their political views, but snatch squads are only one of many new government tactics that are chilling Americans’ free speech rights. These measures are rarely passed by Congress or a state legislature, but are devised and adopted informally through expanding networks of police agencies. Now lawyers are learning from past abuses to try to protect protestors attending the Republican and Democratic conventions next summer.

    Also in this issue:
  • Heritage is Hip to Culture Think Tank Turns to Family Values
    by Pam Chamberlain
  • Living in the Gap The Ideal and the Reality of the Christian Right Family by Jeremy Adam Smith
  • Book Review: Pledging Allegiance: The Politics of Patriotism in America's Schools
    Reviewer: Eleanor J. Bader
  • Book Review: God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America
    Reviewer: Pam Chamberlain
  • Eyes Right
  • Reports in Review
  • Vol. 22, No. 3 - Fall 2007   [PDF version]

    Legacies of Lynching
    An Interview with On the Courthouse Lawn author Sherrilyn Ifill
    With Tarso Luís Ramos

    The memories and legacy of lynchings of African Americans fifty years ago still shape the politics and lives of those living where they happened. So discovered civil rights lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill while she was trying a discrimination case in Maryland. The Public Eye explored the impact in this exclusive interview.

    Also in this issue:
  • Male Victims of Abortion New Theme of Right to Life Committee
    by Eleanor J. Bader
  • The Libertarian Theocrats The Long, Strange History of R.J. Rushdoony and Christian Reconstructionism by Michael J. MvVicar
  • Editorial by Chip Berlet
  • Book Review by Abby Scher: The Conservatism of Radicals
  • Eyes Right
  • Reports in Review
  • Vol. 22, No. 2 - Summer 2007   [PDF version]

    Gay Conservatives
    Unwanted Allies on the Right
    By Pam Chamberlain

    In the high-adrenaline, and heavily heterosexual, world of Beltway lobbyists, the gay Log Cabin Republicans have their work cut out for them. Ostracized by the Republican Party which continues to receive their fierce loyalty, the LCR is the group that represents the dilemma of gay conservatives: they want to be players on the Republican team, but who is willing to put them in the lineup?

    Also in this issue:
  • Churches Under Seige
    by John Dorhauer
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts
    by Doug Muder
  • Book and Film Review
    Border Watchers: Catching Anti-Immigrant Vigilantes on Film
    and Racism in the Service of Science
  • Eyes Right
  • Reports in Review
  • Vol. 21, No. 2 - Spring 2007   [PDF version]

    History is Powerful
    Why the Christian Right Distorts History and Why it Matters
    By Frederick Clarkson

    The notion that America was founded as a Christian nation is a central animating element of the ideology of the Christian Right. It touches every aspect of life and culture in this, one of the most successful and powerful political movements in American history. The idea that America’s supposed Christian identity has somehow been wrongly taken, and must somehow be restored, permeates the psychology and vision of the entire movement.

    Also in this issue:
  • Becoming Americano
    by Roberto Lovato
  • Truth and Reconciliation Comes to the South
    by Jill Williams
  • Book and Film Review
    Born Again: The Christian Right Globalized
  • Eyes Right
  • Reports in Review
  • Vol. 21, No. 1 - Winter 2006   [PDF version]

    Tav Revolt as a Family Value
    How the Christian Right Is Becoming A Free Market Champion
    by Richard J. Meagher

    Over the course of the 1990s, the economic conservatives successfully recast the estate tax as a "family" issue, using language that appealed more directly to conservative evangelicals. And the Christian Right, primed by years of describing themselves as a "pro-family movement," and spurred on by a group of intellectuals who put forth a Christian economics of the family, jumped at the bait, becoming staunch supporters of repeal.

    Also in this issue:
  • Tearing Down the Towers
    by Jeremy Adam Smith
  • Whither the Christian Right?
    by Pam Chamberlain and Chip Berlet
  • Book and Film Review
    ProLife Feminism: Yesterday and Today and Jesus Camp
  • Eyes Right
  • Reports in Review
  • Vol. 20, No. 3 - Fall 2006   [PDF version]

    Cruising on Military Drive
    By Roberto Lovato

    If you want to understand how Homeland Security influences us, go to south Texas and take a walk around neighborhoods whose streets were paved by the "clash of civilizations" in cities and towns at or near the border. One such street is San Antonio's Military Drive where, on any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night, you can, if you pay close attention, watch some of the directions Latino identity is taking in times of war.

    Also in this issue:
  • The Art of the Slur by Aaron Barlow
  • Laying Siege to the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi by Michelle Goldberg
  • Ballot Initiatives on the Right: 2006 by Kristina Wilfore
  • Book Review: 'The Rhetoric of Operation Rescue: Projecting the Christian Pro-Life Message'
  • Eyes Right
  • Reports in Review
  • Vol. 20, No. 2 - Summer 2006   [PDF version]
    White Power Cyberculture

    By Pete Simi and Robert Futrell

    Today, with a simple keyword search such as "Aryan" or "white power," websurfers can easily find a growing number of white power websites where acidly racist and anti-Semitic themes replete with visions of racial separation or even violent racial extermination are the norm.

    Also in this issue:
  • Politicized Science by Pam Chamberlain
  • Back to the Future by Doug Ireland
  • Modern-Day Crusader by Adem Carroll
  • Book Review: 'Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman's Crusade'
  • Eyes Right
  • Reports in Review
  • Vol. 20, No. 1 - Spring 2006   [PDF version]
    Designs on the Culture

    By Jeffrey P. Moran

    Dover is over, for now. Beginning in 2004, an elected school board attempted to change the Dover, PA, science curriculum so that it cast significant doubt on the evolutionary hypothesis.

    Also in this issue:
  • When Adversaries Become Allies by Abby Scher
  • The Globalization of an Agenda by Pam Chamberlain
  • The Battle for the Mainline Churches by Frederick Clarkson
  • Book Review: 'The Republican War On Science'
  • Book Review: 'The Death of Feminism'
  • Reports in Review
  • Vol. 19, No. 3 - Winter 2005   [PDF version]
    George Wallace and the Rightward Turn in Today’s Politics

    By Dan T. Carter

    In the spring of 2005, Georgia's Republican-controlled legislature passed a law requiring all voters to appear at their proper polling place carrying either a Georgia driver's license or an official photo ID issued by the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles.

    How many individuals would be disenfranchised by the new voter ID law?

    Also in this issue:
  • The Rise of Dominionism by Frederick Clarkson
  • Far From Fringe by Roberto Lovato
  • Book Review: 'It Takes a Family' by Eleanor Bader
  • Do It Yourself Border Cops by Devin Burghart
  • Reports in Review
  • Vol. 19, No. 2 - Fall 2005   [PDF version]
    Conservative Campus Organizing

    By Pam Chamberlain

    Growing Pains or Arrested Development?
    To judge by the amount of media attention, the campus Right had a good year. Or a good two years.
    Students staged a Capture an Illegal Immigrant Day, published increasing numbers of campus newspapers with decidedly right-wing editorial policies, and lobbied for a Student Academic Bill of Rights on multiple campuses and in several state legislatures to bring attention to what they saw as silenced conservative voices on campus.

    Also in this issue:
  • Thinking about Elephants by William Gamson and Charlotte Ryan
  • The Montana Human Rights Network by Abby Scher
  • Book Review: 'With God On Their Side' by Eleanor Bader
  • Guest Commentary by Teresa Odendahl
  • Reports in Review
  • Vol. 19, No. 1 - Spring 2005   [PDF version]
    The Extreme Right in Europe

    By Jérôme Jamin

    Fascist or Mainstream?
    Parties of the extreme Right now have a role in the governments of several European countries. What was widely once feared has to a significant extent become the reality. And, as power went from democratic hands to these new parties, the words used to describe these parties were changed: the neo-Nazis became "parties with extremist trends"; the fascists became the radical Right or national Right...

    Jean-Marie Le Pen
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  • Excerpts from Progressive and Conservative Campus Activism by Pam Chamberlain
  • Guest Commentary by Victor Wallis

    Vol. 18, No. 3 - Winter 2004 - Righting Crime   [PDF version]
    Crime and Political Ideology

    By Jean Hardisty

    It wasn't simply economic and social tensions that underlay the New Right's success in promoting its message on crime. "Law and order" resonated with a powerful ideological strain within the U.S. populace- the conservative worldview. You might think of this worldview as the ideological default to which many White Americans return when they are anxious, confused, or resentful....

    Also in this issue:
  • Calvinism, Capitalism, Conversion, and Incarceration by Chip Berlet
  • Guest Commentary by Rose Braz
  • Eyes Right

    Vol. 18, No. 2 - Summer 2004   [PDF version]
    The Roots of Corporate Globalization in
    IMF/World Bank "Structural Adjustment" Policies

    By Soren Ambrose

    This year marks the 60th anniversary of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. Although they have always been located in Washington, DC, people in the United States very often do not know much about what they do. People in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia know a great deal about them, however. When a delegation from either institution arrives in a country in any of these regions, it's often front-page news; when economic crises hit, people protest outside the local offices of the IMF/WB...

    Also in this issue:
  • "Free Traders" On the Run by Kevin Danaher and Jason Mark
  • Letter from the Executive Director by Roberta Salper
  • Guest Commentary by Anuradha Mittal

    Vol. 18, No. 1 - Spring 2004   [PDF version]
    Policing Civil Society: NGO Watch

    By Jean Hardisty and Elizabeth Furdon

    On June 11, 2003, an international group of right wing think tanks organized a conference held at the American Enterprise Institute offices in Washington, D.C. The conference laid the ground for the launch of "NGO Watch," a website and political campaign designed to monitor and critique "liberal" U.N.-designated NGOs. This campaign will undoubtedly be applied to other nonprofits with similar liberal politics...

    Also in this issue:
  • Campus Insecurity by Nikhil Aziz
  • Guest Commentary by Michael Avery

    Vol. 16, No. 2 - Summer 2002   [PDF version]
      Moving Right On! Fairness, Family, and Faith

    In this issue:
  • Colorblind: Whitewashing America by Nikhil Aziz
  • "New Sheriff in Town:" The Christian Right Shapes U.S. Agenda at the United Nations by Jennifer Butler
  • Tilting at Faith-based Windmills: Over a Year in the Life of President Bush's Faith-based Initiative by Bill Berkowitz
  • Antisemitism After September 11th by Esther Kaplan
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