The Public Eye - Summer 2008- Vol. 23, No. 2

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Connie Mackey, Vice President of the Family Research Council, reported in 2006 that the Christian Right group was wrestling with the issue of immigration. Not anymore.


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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How Roman Catholic Neocons Peddle Natural Law into Debates about Life and Death

By Frank L. Cocozzelli

As the rightist philosopher Richard Weaver famously said, “ideas have consequences.” And I can tell you from personal experience some of the consequences of at least one idea, that of “natural law.”

I have a form of LMG muscular dystrophy. When I was first diagnosed in 1985, I walked with a slight limp. Today I am bound to a wheelchair, a virtual quadriplegic. Nevertheless, I am a practicing attorney. Monday through Friday my wife wakes up at 5 a.m. and gets herself ready for work. An hour later she wakes me up, then dresses me for court.


Book Excerpt - Pastor Hagee and Christians United for Israel Push for Armageddon

By Sarah Posner

Those nations who align with God’s purpose will receive His blessing. Those who follow a policy of opposition to God’s purpose will receive the swift and severe judgment of God without limitation.John Hagee, Jerusalem Countdown

The carnival at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio looks, at first glance, like any other church festival, with rides, games, food, and children playing in the waning sunshine of a warm October afternoon. But look again and you’ll see some unusual twists. The festivities are ringed with twelve booths selling food, each booth meant to signify one of the tribes of Israel. The booths, visitors are told, are in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth.


Also in this issue:

Book Reviews

  • Race in the Courts
  • All in The Family
  • An Evangelical, a Cherokee and a Scholar
  • Eyes Right

  • Educrats are to Blame for, well, Protecting Children
  • Anti-Immigrant Group Proud of its Association with American Nazi
  • Do as the Gays do
  • Methodists Reflect; IRD Claims Victory
  • Reports in Review

  • Taking Stock on Race and Economics
  • Military Truths
  • Legalized Unionbusting
  • There is an Alternative
  • Transgender Politics

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