News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

World News

Right-wing Christianity more dangerous to America than Islamic extremism, says scholar

In a recent Ted Talk, Dr Catherine Wallace from Northwestern University condemned the rise of hard-Right Christian fundamentalism, calling the movement a threat to democracy and the rule of law.

Wallace - a Catholic herself - said: "My religion has been hijacked and used to attack innocent people. The Religious Right claims to represent the moral high ground in American culture, but look at what they advocate: racism, sexism, and hate mongering xeonophobia. That's dangerous and it is not Christianity."

Wallace claimed that far-right Christian fundamentalism could be observed through Donald Trump's rise to power in this election. She argued that Trump's campaign was the culmination of the religious-right's long and dangerous influence upon American politics. Wallace concluded that this was more dangerous than Islamic terrorism because Christian fundamentalists already have great power and influence in the US.

She said: ""If [Islamic terrorists] want to blow up a concert, they need to put bombs on their own children and send young men in to kill themselves."

"[The] kind of radicalism [Christian fundamentalism] in control of nuclear codes was a much, much greater threat."

In order to combat fundamentalism - across all religions - Wallace concluded that we must embrace our diversity. She said: "We can more easily collaborate if believers and nonbelievers alike share a compelling story about moral values that we hold in common."

Wallace is the author of a series of books about Christian fundamentalism and historian.

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email