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Moral Majority

The religious right has morphed into a full-service political action committee, championing nuclear weapons, tax breaks for the rich and rigid immigration policies “in the name of Jesus.” Seriously? […] Read More

Randall Balmer’s recent analytical biography of Jimmy Carter, titled “Redeemer,” offers a thoroughly researched and insightful review of an evolution in the evangelical narrative that coincided with Carter’s presidency. With visible expressions in the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention and the rise and influence of the Moral Majority, which became the Religious Right, […] Read More

A Crisis of Faith

Since the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan, conservative evangelicals have served as a formidable political force. Comprising over one the third of the electorate, evangelicals voting in concert have faithfully delivered numerous victories to conservative candidates. But that may be changing for several different reasons. First and foremost is the war in Iraq. The war, […] Read More

Politician Newt Gingrich grabbed for preacher Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority mantle Saturday, hoping it might give him power to win the blessing of the Christian Right in his quest for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Gingrich’s masterful and manipulative message made four claims: 1. Falwell asked Gingrich to “bear witness” to the nation’s need to […] Read More

Friends and political foes remembered controversial television preacher Jerry Falwell, pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon after collapsing in his Liberty University office, as a larger-than-life figure who leaves a lasting imprint on American religion and politics. Founder of the Moral Majority in 1979, Falwell received much credit for mobilizing evangelical Christians to help elect Ronald Reagan […] Read More

Democrat and Proud

I am a Democrat and proud of it. I am proud to be a member of the party that brought us out of the Great Depression of the 1930s, that brought us to victory in World War II and more recently paid down a huge national debt, balanced the federal budget and helped get interest […] Read More

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is no Martin Luther King, Jr. Efforts to portray the religious right’s agenda on the Ten Commandments as a kin to the civil rights movement cheapens King’s legacy and veils a conservative Christian agenda. Neither the common geography of Montgomery nor the talk about civil disobedience can meaningfully tie the […] Read More