Rev. Butler, who worked as Presbyterian Representative at the U.N. for nine years, describes the new global focus of the Religious Right. “Organizations like Focus on the Family are forming interfaith coalitions with Catholic, Mormon and Muslim allies to advance a conservative agenda at the U.N.,” she says. The result of these seemingly bizarre coalitions is a potential threat to progressive social policies on a worldwide level.
Religious Right organizations work on a number of issues at the U.N., including women’s rights, reproductive health, human cloning, children’s rights and AIDS. The Bush Administration has given this movement a significant amount of power in shaping
Rev. Butler is also executive director of Faith in Public Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving the common good through public policy. Rev. Butler describes the organization as “a hub for progressive faith organizing.” Faith in Public Life aims to build a nationwide infrastructure designed to ensure faith communities are actively engaged and included in public discourse.
Also on the show: Rev. Paul Sherry, National Coordinator for the Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign.
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