The Radical Right Years
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.
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