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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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“Kill a Commie”

“Kill a Commie”

Marching for Victory in Vietnam

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Fighting Fundamentalist

Markku Ruotsila

Oxford University Press

A detailed examination of faith-based mobilizing for the war in Vietnam in 1967 to 1973, this chapter gives a wealth of new evidence on the grassroots support for the war and on the ways in which McIntire organized this support. The chapter shows as well how McIntire’s populist methods broke the fundamentalist community in two, led to a split in the American Council of Christian Churches, and significantly lessened the public impact that the politicized fundamentalists might otherwise have had. On the other hand, the pro-war campaign made the emerging Republican Party New Right very interested in tapping into the fundamentalist grassroots that McIntire had mobilized, leading to ever-closer cooperation between his grassroots cadres and the Republican opponents of President Nixon’s policies of détente.

Keywords:   fundamentalism, evangelicalism, liberation, rollback, Vietnam War, antiwar movement, ecumenicism, mainline Protestantism

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