Fear not

An alternative to the politics of fear
The politics of fear has hardly abated since 9/11, or since last fall’s election, which was largely a contest of convincing voters about who could best “kill the terrorists.” A simple spin down the radio dial shows how fear is alive and well. AM radio offers a string of preachers—who claim to speak for all Christians—pouring invective on those who disagree with them about abortion, homosexuality, war, evolution, gun control and the role of government. These preachers and radio hosts call out the troops, marshaling them to swamp their elected representatives with phone calls and letters on this or that issue on which, we are told, faith or freedom hinges.


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