The religious right eg jerry falwell pat robertson

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The Religious Right (e.g. Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson)Under discourse of morality and religious freedom, Evangelicalconservative politicians are able to get many issues onto the politicalagenda
Q: what about separation of church and state?Ex:Gay marriage; Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the military(repealed recently)Ex:Stem-cell researchEx:Abortion rightsEx:Creationism/Evolution in educationIssue: Evangelical ideology is expressed differently within politics of other,developing, contexts.1. (Gettleman) American Evangelicals in Uganda preach to Ugandansabout how to raise their children to make them heterosexual insteadof homosexual.Resulted in the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 (sanctioninghanging/death penalty for homosexuality) and mediapublication of the “Top 100” homosexuals2.Evangelicals also fight against abortion in many parts of Africa.They preach a social justice message that gives the fetus “rights”.With high rates of AIDS/HIV, abortion is used by AIDS groupsas a mechanism to decrease AIDS in the region.Islam and NationalismIssue:The media and political elites talk about Islam as if it were primordial,resulting in a social construction of Muslims as equivalent to IslamicNationalists.Islamic Nationalists—Individuals who follow the doctrine of Islam,but who are radical in their organization, ideology and actions.Thisradicalismmakes these individuals different from Muslims generally.Issue: confusion over idea of “jihad”; radical jihad vs. Qur’anjihadSocialization: “radicalized”; Myth of ethnic identity alonemotivating people to killonly after long periods of being prepared, pushed, andthreatened by leaders who control the army and theairwaves.It is fear and hate generated from the top, andnot ethnic differences, that finally push people tocommit acts of violence. (Bowen)Let’s be clear: Islamic Nationalists and Muslims arenot equivalentcultures.This was constructed by the media and political elites.PoliticsThe most common social science definition of power comes from Max Weber:Poweris the ability of people or groups to realize their own will ingroup action, even against resistance of others who disagree.Levels of power and privilegeMicro-level:Power is operative in social interactionMeso-level:
Power also operates inCity, county, state, and national decisions about resources andregulationsLarge bureaucratic organizations, corporations, ethnic orminority groupsMacro-level:Global systems of power include international organizations such asthe United Nations.Theory: Legitimacy of PowerMicro- and meso-level perspectives:The Legitimacy of PowerMax Weber’s contribution:Weber distinguished between legitimate and illegitimate power.

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