The Public Eye - Winter 2009/Spring 2010 Edition

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

The Public Eye, Winter 2009/Spring 2010

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.




The New Christian Zionism and the Jews
A Love/Hate Relationship

The Public Eye, Winter 2009/Spring 2010

In late October, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel spoke at a Christians United for Israel (CUFI) event hosted by the controversial Christian Zionist John Hagee at his Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. Internationally broadcast on GodTV, Hagee presented $9 million in donations to 29 Israeli and U.S. Jewish organizations. Hagee is one of the world’s most successful televangelists and a prolific author who prophesizes that apocalyptic wars and the migration of Jews to the holy land will help trigger the return of Jesus and his thousand-year reign on earth. Read more...

Intelligence Fusion Centers
A De-Centralized National Intelligence Agency

The Public Eye, Winter 2009/Spring 2010

Exactly two months before abortion provider George Tiller was assassinated in the foyer of his church in Wichita, Kansas, Janice Shaw Crouse lent her voice to the chorus of pundits criticizing Tiller’s unwavering support for women who sought his services. In a column published by the right-wing site Town Hall, Crouse is unsparing in denouncing not only Tiller for his “barbaric slaughter,” but also the women who use his services.


Anti-Abortion Strategy in the Age of Obama

The Public Eye, Winter 2009/Spring 2010

It didn’t turn out like they had planned. Two decades of political investment by the antiabortion movement and the Religious Right did not result in the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Even conservative Chief Justice John Roberts acknowledged during his confirmation hearing, “Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land.” Then the rising prospects of the Democratic Party, and the historic election of the prochoice president Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress, seemed to have secured Roe for the foreseeable future. Read more...

Exporting "Traditional Values"
The World Congress of Families

The Public Eye, Winter 2009/Spring 2010

In the run-up to the August 2009 Congressional recess, TV ads on health care reform hit the airwaves. The Family Research Council’s political action committee launched a five-state effort to squash a comprehensive health care bill with their spot, set in the future after a liberal version of health care reform has passed. The ad features an elderly couple clearly upset that insurance will not pay for the husband’s needed surgery.


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Eyes Right

  • The War Against Snoopy
  • Holocaust Politics
  • So Easy a Cave Man Can Do It?
  • Reports in Review

  • Making the Undocumented Count
  • Economic Crisis Changes Women’s Reproductive Decisions
  • Abortion Access Drops in Massachusetts
  • Gender Profiling as an Anti-Terrorist Tactic
  • LGBT Progress in a Recession?
  • The Right Is Misinformed

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