Friday, May 25, 2007

Jerry Falwell's Death Gives New Status to James Dobson As Christian Right Leader

The following link is a piece from the Human Rights Campain's radio show The Agenda. The HRC is one the nations largest gay rights organizations, located in Washington DC. It deals with policy change on the national level while connecting to the many local and state organizations fighting for gay and transgender equality. The Agenda is hosted by Joe Solmenese, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

On the program is Dan Gilgoff, senior editor of the US News & World Report and author of The Jesus Machine: How James Dobson, Focus on the Family, and Evangelical America are Winning the Culture War. He tells how Jerry Falwell was pivotal towards creating the financial and political infrastructure that supported the rise to power of todays Christian Right leaders, like Pat Robertson, Ralph Reed, Rick Santorum, and James Dobson. While Falwell was a crucial "founding father", Gilgoff tells how, in many ways, James Dobson was, and still is, more influencial than Falwell ever was.

The 5 minute interview is here

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