The Radical Right represents a serious threat to traditional American values
like liberty, free speech, religious tolerance, social and civil equality and
equal justice for all citizens. They want to dismantle all these traditions and
eliminate any prospect of pluralism and diversity in American society and
government. After years of being considered a lunatic fringe, the Radical
Right has now attracted the attention of authors and scholars in many
disciplines, writing in both the popular press and specialist publications.
The Radical Right is incredibly rich, well organized, and fanatical in its
determination to destroy American freedoms. The books mentioned here will
inform you more fully about the methods and objectives of these purveyors
of prejudice, bigotry and hatred.
- The Antigay Agenda, by Didi Herman. University of Chicago Press, 1997.
An excellent scholarly examination of the religious right's anti-gay strategy.
- Perfect Enemies: The Religious Right, the Gay Movement, and the Politics
of the 90s, by Chris Bull and John Gallager. Crown Publishers, 1996.
A comparison of both sides of the gay rights issue, focusing on how each
side portrays the other as an evil "mirror image" of itself.
- Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy, by
Fredrick Clarkson. Common Courage Press, 1997.
An excellent and easy to follow overview of the entire radical right and
its strategy, beliefs and tactics.
- Facing the Wrath: Confronting the Right In Dangerous Times, by Sara Diamond.
Common Courage Press, 1996.
A series of article-length features on various aspects of the radical
right, from militias to school prayer to anti-gay activities.
- The Religious Right: The Assault on Tolerance and Pluralism in America,
a publication of the Anti-Defamation League, 1994. Contact your local
ADL office for more information
A survey by the respected ADL on the activities of the radical right.
Features a guide to the various groups and personalities in the movement.