Comments: The Other Headlines

I've read that after 1850 all Western nations developed in such a way that they needed civil social organizations that were larger than the family and smaller than the nation-state. In Europe that role was largely filled with labor unions and in America it was largely filled with religious groups. As such, religion is now more important, fundamentally, than it is in Europe.

Off-hand I can't think of any period of progressive reform in which the progressive Christians didn't play a leading or the leading role (Quaker's against slavery in the 1850s, Christian's for prohibition and women's franchise in 1910s, preachers who sided with workers in the 1930s, CORE and the whole crowd on the first Freedom Bus in 1962.)

Posted by Lawrence Krubner at May 6, 2004 01:19 PM

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Posted by removed at May 6, 2004 02:53 PM

This is one of those moments when it's very annoying to be a liberal. If I were a right-wingnut, I could just blithely disregard the truth and keep ranting.

You are, of course, undoubtedly right. In the future I should find a different way to express my disdain for the regressive fundamentalist movement and not tar all religion with the brush of attempted repression.

Posted by Anne at May 6, 2004 03:32 PM

Well Anne, I agree with you more often than not.. agreeing with your critics is sometimes extra delicious, isn't it?

Posted by Hugo at May 6, 2004 08:18 PM

As a matter of fact, it is. :)

Posted by Anne at May 6, 2004 09:49 PM