RESCUING JESUS' TEACHINGS FROM THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT04/13/06
In his new book, THE HIJACKING OF JESUS: How the Religious Right Distorts Christianity and Promotes Prejudice (Nation Books), longtime journalist and author Dan Wakefield turns his analytic eye on the religious right. Through careful research and interviews with religious leaders across the country, Wakefield has developed a unique understanding of the rise of this new political juggernaut and thoughtful insights into what can be done about it.
Appearing today on WMNF Wakefield discussed the death of his friend Rev. William Sloan Coffin, Jr., a longtime peace and civil rights activist. Wakefield also discussed the important role that religion played in the civil rights and anti war movement. He talked about the demonization of some of the big mainline churches by televangelists and the Religious Right and he talked about the current schism between religious liberals and secular liberals.