The ADL vs. the “Religious Right”
In June of this year, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an established and highly respected organization dedicated to the protection and security of the American Jewish community, published a 193-page study entitled The Religious Right: The Assault on Tolerance & Pluralism in America. The study, prepared by David Cantor of the ADL research department, is intended to warn the country of the growth, in the words of Cantor’s introduction, of an “exclusionist religious movement” seeking to “unite its version of Christianity with state power.”
Essentially this movement as the ADL defines it is made up of fundamentalist and evangelical Protestants (though a number of its leaders happen in fact to be Catholics) and its program, according to the ADL, consists of various
grass-roots campaigns to “return faith to our public schools,” subsidize private religious education, roll back civil-rights protections, oppose all abortions, and ensure that “pro-family Christians” gain control of the Republican party.
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