How the Religious Right Corrupts Christianity

by Dan Quinn

As we’ve said before, the religious right isn’t really a religious movement. It’s a political movement that uses religion as a weapon to divide Americans and push an agenda. And that agenda often promotes a peculiar version of political Christianity.

So we weren’t surprised this week to see a fundraising letter from a California-based group called The Center for Cultural Leadership that offers another example of how religious-right groups are corrupting Christianity. Key excerpt:

“When the Western intellectual elites offer high-sounding arguments that fetuses are not really humans, that ‘gender’ is ‘fluid,’ that Islam is a peaceful religion, that Jesus was nonjudgmental, that politics should engineer the New (anti-Christian) Society, that ‘hurtful’ religious speech should be suppressed, that law is what law professors decide it is, that porn is harmless, and that interventionist economics protects against market fluctuations, we counter with a distinctly Christian intellectual demolition.”

According to this group, apparently, being Christian requires buying into a litany of arguments about abortion, Islam, LGBT people, etc. But especially revealing is the suggestion — highlighted in bold above — that there is a “distinctly Christian intellectual” argument against “interventionist economics.”

What? Have Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman taken their place alongside the Twelve Apostles?

Kevin Kruse, a professor of history at Princeton University, has written about how corporate interests essentially created the religious right in the 1930s and 1940s to oppose President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and other government programs. It’s a fascinating piece and well worth the read. Letters like the fundraising appeal noted above illustrate how successful those efforts have been in turning faith into a weapon to promote a political agenda.