Synopses & Reviews
Religion has continued to have an impact on international concerns in the modern era. While Islam has been under the microscope in recent years, Christianity has also been influential in ways that often fly This book is a gripping exposé of the power of the Christian Right worldwide—and in particular their influence within the United Nations. A former NGO representative at the United Nations, Jennifer S. Butler provides the first insider's account of the strategies and effectiveness of Christian Right lobbying campaigns within the United Nations. Drawing on personal interviews with Christian Right leaders, she analyzes the impact they have already had—and what the future may hold.
Butler reveals how today's most powerful Christian Right organizations are building interfaith coalitions. At the United Nations, groups like Focus on the Family and Concerned Women for America are working with Catholic, Mormon, and Muslim allies to advance a conservative social policy agenda. The United States has recently joined that alliance. President George W. Bush has given them a significant voice in shaping U.S. positions on issues including women's rights, reproductive health, human cloning, children's rights, and AIDS.
In short, the Christian Right is globalizing—a phenomenon that promises to challenge progressive social policy on a worldwide scale—as well as transform the Christian Right itself.
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About the Author
Rev. Jennifer Butler is Executive Director of Faith in Public Life. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Rev. Butler most recently served as the Presbyterian Church (USA) Representative to the United Nations. During her nine years at the U.N., she represented the denomination on issues ranging from women's rights to the Iraq war. She also taught courses at New York University's graduate program in Global Studies. Rev. Butler served in the Peace Corps from 1989 to 1991 in Belize, Central America. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.
Table of Contents
Introduction1. Born Again: Three Reasons Why The Christian Right Can Globalize Now2. The Christian Right's Challenge To Global Democracy's Status Quo3. Assembling A Pro-Family Alliance4. A Global Religious Right?: The Prospects And Challenges Of International, Interfaith AlliancesConclusion: Six Areas Where Conservatives ExcelNotesIndex