The Signal (Episode 18) | The Christian Right’s Crusade for Power and War on Democracy, with Katherine Stewart

"The leadership of the Christian Right has for decades been telling us that they want to demolish the public school system and replace it with Christian schools funded by taxpayer dollars," said Stewart.

Katherine Stewart is an investigative reporter and author who has covered the Christian right, politics, policy, and education for over a decade.

Her latest book, THE POWER WORSHIPPERS: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism, pulls back the curtain on the inner workings and leading personalities of a movement that has turned religion into a tool for political power and domination. Stewart’s journalism appears in the New York Times op ed, NBC, the New Republic, and the New York Review of Books.

Katherine has been researching and reporting on the Christian right since 2009. She joins The Signal to talk about this movement, its strategies and tactics, and the very real threat it poses to democracy.

“What unites this [Christian nationalist] movement is opposition to what they see as a modern secular republic. And the movement has been becoming more and more explicitly anti-democratic as time goes on.”

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Host Cyril Mychalejko’s 5 Book Recommendations to Further Shine a Light on the Christian Right

  1. The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism, by Katherine Stewart
  2. The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children, by Katherine Stewart
  3. The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy, by Philip S. Gorski and Samuel L. Perry
  4. American Idolatry: How Christian Nationalism Betrays the Gospel and Threatens the Church, by Andrew L. Whitehead
  5. Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy, by Frederick Clarkson


EPISODE 5 – The Growing Fascist Threat To American Democracy, With Jeff Sharlet

EPISODE 7 – Understanding Backlash Politics And Religious Conservatives Inciting School Board Wars, With PRRI’s Melissa Deckman

EPISODE 12 – The New Apostolic Reformation: A Revolutionary Theocratic Movement Coming For Pennsylvania, The Nation, And The World

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Cyril Mychalejko is the Editor-in-Chief of the Bucks County Beacon. Read his columns on Sundays and follow him on Twitter.

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