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5 Signs the Christian Right Still Wields Too Much Power in the US

This political and cultural movement will not be sinking beneath the horizon anytime soon - despite media reports to the contrary.


By Peter Montgomery | 31 January 2012

This month, in a New Republic article titled “The End of the Christian Right,” historian Michael Kazin confidently asserts that “the Christian Right is a fading force in American life, one which has little chance of achieving its cherished goals.”

I have lost count of how many times the Religious Right has been declared dead as a political force by someone in the mainstream media. Maybe Kazin’s piece seemed absurd to me because I read it the day after watching every Republican presidential candidate take time from their South Carolina debate preparation to stop by Ralph Reed’s “Faith and Freedom Coalition” event and pledge devotion to the Religious Right’s agenda.

Kazin acknowledges this dynamic, but says, “whatever their influence on the Republican primary, the Christian Right is fighting a losing battle with the rest of the country – above all, when it comes to abortion and same-sex marriage, the issues they care most about.”

Really? The Washington Post reports that with GOP now in control of both houses of the Virginia legislature, the state’s “most conservative Republicans aren’t holding back” and are pushing legislation that, among other things, will “roll back gay rights” and “beef up gun rights, property rights, parental rights and fetal rights.”

Here are five reasons why we shouldn’t declare the end of the Christian Right.

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3 Responses to 5 Signs the Christian Right Still Wields Too Much Power in the US

  1. cpmondello Reply

    February 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Conservative Christians, from the Puritans to today's "Religious Right" (aka "American Taliban"), have NEVER done anything good for mankind.They have ALWAYS been been on the wrong side of history. They have ALWAYS been AGAINST minorities. This will NEVER change. Here are a few examples where they were against making changes that would better the lives of Americans: Civil Rights, Woman's Suffrage, Abortion Rights, Evolution, Separation of Church and State, Public Education, Immigration Reform, and Racial Integration. The conservative Christian ideology was able to be spread world-wide by the sword, not by the 'Sermon On The Mount'.

  2. sysiphus Reply

    February 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I don't believe the Religious will fade quietly into non-existence. However I do believe that the younger members of the Religious Right have no qualms about asking questions which wasn't done years ago. Generally speaking they find their answers in the church. I believe if anything religion will take up a bigger portion of most people's lives in the near future and for time infinite. 2000 years without the life of Jesus Christ being among us causes people to slip away from the life of the church and the laws of the bible but more and more people are coming back to belief. They just realize that God doesn't mind if we ask questiions and He will answer if we listen.

  3. Guest Reply

    May 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    In 1979 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) for legal implementation of the Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Described as an international bill of rights for women, it came into force on 3 September 1981.

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