Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Megachurches: Tightly organized right-wing political machines

Michelle Goldberg, author of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, tells Lee Coppola, a book reviewer for the Buffalo News that the president's political base comes from the megachurches that dot the nation's exurbs, many of them, in her opinion, nothing more than "tightly organized right-wing political machines."

"Interestingly, she traces the origins of these churches to the disappearance of traditional urban neighborhoods," adds Coppola. "Their occupants moved from the city to suburbs and exurbs, where they knew no one, and found fraternity in religious gatherings that fulfilled not only their spiritual, but also their social needs."


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