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Fighting FundamentalistCarl McIntire and the Politicization of American Fundamentalism$
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Markku Ruotsila

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199372997

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199372997.001.0001

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Under Siege

Under Siege

The Radical Right Years

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Fighting Fundamentalist

Markku Ruotsila

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers the years 1964 to 1969 and focuses on the backlash to fundamentalist and Radical Right activism that began in the aftermath of Kennedy’s assassination and intensified after the 1964 presidential campaign. McIntire’s support for Barry Goldwater and his cooperation with the John Birch Society are scrutinized and the religious and political Left’s prolonged campaign for the Fairness Doctrine and to silence McIntire at his recently acquired WXUR radio station are examined in detail. It is concluded that this campaign by the Left to silence McIntire was key to the fundamentalists’ growing sense of alienation that spurred their politicization further in the mid- to late 1960s. McIntire attempted to spur this politicization further by constructing and disseminating a new moral values and international religious freedom agenda.

Keywords:   fundamentalism, evangelicalism, freedom of speech, ecumenicism, mainline Protestantism, radio broadcasting, public education, anti-Catholicism

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