Wed 24th January 2007, 2:58am
Wikipedia is not a soapbox
Wikipedia is not a soapbox or a vehicle for propaganda and advertising. Therefore, Wikipedia articles are not:
Propaganda or advocacy of any kind.
links to this page with this quote
Chip Berlet isn't the devil. He doesn't even look the part....
These days, Berlet thinks of himself as an organizer, a researcher and a radical left-wing Christian. Yet he counts among his friends quite a few people whom his other friends consider whacked-out right-wing religious zealots.
"Actually," Berlet was saying on Friday afternoon, "I don't like those labels at all, calling people 'religious extremists' or 'radical religious right.' You can't have a conversation when you start that way. I want to talk to these people. I want to engage them"
Don't like name calling, huh?
- “could be of some utility.”
Another participant of the discussion, Chip Berlet of Political Research Associates, argues against the terms “Radical Religious Right” and “Religious Political Extremists.” He states that there’s nothing wrong with "Religious Right" or "Christian Right;" but, that the problem is the words "radical" and "extremist" tossed in as a label on top. The words "extremist" and "radical" are “difficult to justify when talking about people who are members of Congress and our neighbors and relatives.
He also warns against the term "Extreme Right," which for most people (and most scholars) means fascists and neo-Nazis. He thinks that "Far right" can be used sparingly, when it is descriptive.Berlet also likes the terms “Religious Supremacist” or “Christian Supremacist,” and further recommends the terms “bullying” and its variants. http://www.religiousrightwatch.com/2005/07...hings_peop.html
"I want to talk to these people. I want to engage them."
According to LA Weekly, his fellow right-wing "Christers" are pissed off:
All that, says Berlet, is what is motivating the skein of Christer
boycotts, protest campaigns and censorship drives bubbling from the bottom up — which get added emotional and pressure power from the fund-raising-driven crusades launched by political Christer
organizations like AFA at the national level. The confluence of from-above and from-below is a powerful mix.
There’s one big problem: Nobody at the national level is tracking these Christer
censorship and pressure campaigns in a systematic way, to quantify them or assess their impact, so that strategies to defeat them can be developed. “People for the American Way used to track this stuff, but they stopped doing so systematically in 1996. We at Political Research Associates would love to do it,” says Berlet, “but we don’t have the resources.http://www.laweekly.com/general/features/t...-blacklist/574/
So to "engage them" means developing "strategies to defeat them", evidently using the resources of Wikipedia. Another Goddamn scandal Wikipedia ought to wake up to.
article that links from the Dominionism
page is entitled,
"A spiritual olive branch for the far-right faithful."
This calls to mind the Daniel Brandt quote that once graced the Political Reasearch Associates
...an organization that will "generally inbreed with their adversaries and mutate into a peculiar political animal." [3