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Frederick Clarkson is a Senior Fellow at Political Research Associates, a progressive think tank in Somerville, MA. He has written about politics and religion for thirty years.

He has written many ground breaking exposes. He was the first to report that elements of the Christian Right were encouraging the formation of citizen militias - five years before the Oklahoma City bombing propelled the militia movement into national consciousness. (Mother Jones). His 1991 undercover investigation of Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition was the first to expose and detail the group's plans to take over the Republican Party. (Church & State). He was the first to report the alliance between Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and the Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon in advance of the Million Family March on Washington, DC in October 2000. (Salon.com)

He is the editor of Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics in America (Ig Publishing, 2008) and of A Moment to Decide: The Crisis in Mainstream Presbyterianism, (Institute for Democracy Studies, 2000); and author of Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy, (Common Courage Press, 1997). The Humanist magazine called it "the best book yet written about the religious right." Church & State magazine called it "essential reading for anyone who cares about freedom."

He co-authored Challenging the Christian Right: The Activist's Handbook, (Institute for First Amendment Studies 1992; Ms Foundation edition, 1994) for which he and his co-author were named among the "Media Heroes of 1992" by the Institute for Alternative Journalism. They were described as "especially brave at taking on powerful institutions and persistent about getting stories out... journalists and activists who persevere in fighting censorship and protecting the First Amendment," and "understanding the Christian Right's recent strategy of stealth politics early on, and or doggedly tracking its activities across the U.S."

He and his work have often cited by major newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. His radio appearances include NPR's Fresh Air, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Talk of the Nation, as well as Democracy Now and the Voice of America. His television interviews include The CBS Evening News, ABC's 20/20, Fox, CNN as well as the BBC, CBC, and Al Jazeera, English.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013     

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Obama's Spirit of '76
(4 comments) President Obama's Second Inaugural Address accomplished something I have not seen any other major politician even try: To make clear that the Religious Right does not own the definition and meaning of the Declaration of Independence.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012     

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Huckabee Strikes Again
(3 comments) Fox News talk show host Mike Huckabee thinks that the Obama administration's requirement that contraception be included in employee health insurance packages, contributed to the Newtown massacre.

Friday, December 21, 2012     

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Hallelujah, Mike Huckabee, Hallelujah
(2 comments) Mike Huckabee thinks the Newtown massacre was caused by removing God from the public schools; and he wants teachers to hector children about fearing God's wrath. We live in a religiously plural society in which everyone is to be treated equally, regardless of what they believe or don't believe. Its time for Huckabee to stand down.

Sunday, November 11, 2012     

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Democratic National Committee Cuts Ties with Latino Christian Right Leader
(3 comments) Rev. Derrick Harkins, director of Faith Outreach at the Democratic National Committee, is distancing himself from the controversial Christian Right Latino leader, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez.