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True Origins of the Religious Right

this program is brought to you by Emory University if America's of angelical is in the mid 1970s had knocked on the door of central casting in search of a political candidate they could support they probably asked for someone with political experience but who was not part of the Washington culture that had been so tainted by Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal a Democrat from the south would probably be good be a good choice and a Baptist someone who understood the importance of the First Amendment and the separation of church and state would solidify that candidates credentials as someone who understood that the Christian faith had flourished in the United States precisely because the government had stayed out of the religion business and of central casting offered a candidate who was also openly pious and who regularly taught Sunday School evangelicals might have pinched themselves Jimmy Carter the one-term governor of Georgia fit all of those criteria his positions on policies moreover were consistent with those of 19th century evangelicalism which invariably took the part of those on the margins of society his concern about poverty and human rights his support for public education his quest for less imperial foreign policy and it is certainly true that Carter had attracted many heretofore apolitical evangelicals southerners especially to his 1976 campaign but many of the these same evangelicals turned rapidly against Carter four years later by now well into the 21st century the story of the rise of the religious right this loose coalition of politically conservative individuals congregations and organizations is well known on January 22nd 1973 the United States Supreme Court handed down its landmark roe v wade decision that effectively struck down all laws banning abortion until viability the point at which a fetus could survive outside the womb the Roman Catholic Church had been arguing against legalized abortion for a very long time but the sheer outrage at the ROE decision had the effect of rallying evangelicals to the anti-abortion cause for most of the 20th century 'even Jellico's had been content to exist within the safety of their subculture this network of institutions they had constructed in earnest following the Scopes trial of 1925 the subculture functioned as a kind of bulwark against the corruptions of the larger world and evangelicals wholesale adoption of dispensational premillennialism late in the previous century effectively absolved them from concerns about social amelioration although many of Angelica's including Billy Graham rallied against godless communism during the Cold War that war their fixation with the imminent return of Jesus rationalized their lack of interest in the present world believing the Bible as I do Jerry Falwell declared in 1965 I would find it impossible to stop preaching the pure saving gospel of Jesus Christ and begin doing anything else including fighting communism or participating in civil rights reforms and let me just interject there that I have recently recently been able to determine that this famous sermon on part of Falwell was delivered on Sunday evening March 21st 1965 and those of you who don't know that date that is the date of the march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama so the very evening that Martin Luther King and other leaders including course John Lewis were marching from Selma to Montgomery Alabama Jerry Falwell ascended the pulpit at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg Virginia and preached his famous sermons on ministers and marchers this by the way was the second attempt at the March the first attempt two weeks earlier ended gastly violence at the hands of the Alabama state troopers dealing with the victims of systematic discrimination and racist violence was one thing however but the plight of those poor defenseless babies was another the ROE decision of 1973 shook evangelical leaders out of their complacency even though their own congregants did not want it them involved in political matters the urgency of the ROE ruling compelled them to action they were willing to take on the risk of alienating their own constituencies because of the greater moral imperative of fighting the scourge of abortion these leaders of the religious right looked for ways to justify their sudden albeit reluctant plunge into politics so they began to refer to themselves as the new abolitionists an effort to align themselves with the 19th century opponents of slavery the political activism and the part of these Evan Jellicle leaders was initially viewed with suspicion by rank-and-file evangelicals but they were quickly persuaded of the moral urgency of fighting abortion the scenario about the religious right that I've just rehearsed is compelling and familiar it's also a work of fiction I'm sorry for those of you who are taking notes the only factual elements of the preceding story are the 1965 quotation from Jerry Falwell the self designated use of the term new abolitionists and the Roman Catholic Church's long-standing arguments against abortion as early as the Iowa precinct caucuses in 1972 the bishops were urging their communicants to support candidates opposed to abortion have angelica's however took a very different view of the matter in the early 1970s meeting in st. Louis during the summer of 1971 the messengers or delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention passed the resolution that stated we call upon Southern Baptists to work for legislation that will allow the possibility of abortion under such conditions as rape incest clear evidence of severe fetal deformity and carefully ascertained evidence of the likelihood of damage to the emotional mental and physical health of the mother the Southern Baptist Convention hardly a readout of liberalism reaffirmed that position in 1974 and again in 1976 after the ROE decision was handed down On January 22nd 1973 w a chrismal former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and passed her First Baptist Church in Dallas Texas expressed his satisfaction with the ruling I have always felt that it was only after a child was born and had a life separate from its mother that it became an individual person one of the most famous fundamentalists of the 20th century declared and it has always therefore seemed to me that what is best for the mother and for the future should be allowed while a few evangelical voices including Christian Christianity Today magazine mildly questioned the ruling the overwhelming response on the part of evangelicals was silence even approval Baptists in particular applauded the decision as an appropriate articulation of the line of division between church and state between personal morality and state regulation of individual behavior religious liberty human equality and justice are advanced by the Supreme Court abortion decision W Barry Garrett a Baptist pressed wrote if the ROE decision was not the precipitating cause for the rise of the Religious Right however what was the catalyst for the Religious Right was indeed a Court decision but it was a lower court decision Green V Connelly not roe v wade in the early 1970s the federal government was looking for ways to extend the provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 the landmark legislation that lyndon johnson johnson pushed through Congress and signed into law during the summer of 1964 the civil rights act forbade racial segregation and discrimination and in looking for ways to enforce that law the Internal Revenue Service ruled that any organization that engaged in racial discrimination was not by definition a charitable organization and therefore should be denied tax-exempt status and furthermore that contributions to such institutions no longer qualified for tax exemption on June 30th 1971 the three-judge District Court for the District of Columbia affirmed the IRS in its green V Connelly decision although Green V Connelly addressed the case of a segregated school in Mississippi the ramifications of the ruling were widespread institutions that engaged in racial discrimination be they churches clubs or schools were no longer tax exempt as the IRS prepared to apply the ruling one of the schools directly in its crosshairs was a fundamentalist institution in Greenville South Carolina Bob Jones University founded in Florida by arch fundamentalist Bob Jones in 1926 the school had been located for a time in Cleveland Tennessee before moving to South Carolina in 1947 in response to green V Connelly Bob Jones University decided to admit students of color in 1971 but the school maintained its restrictions against admitting unmarried african-americans until 1975 even then however the school stipulated that interracial dating would be grounds for expulsion and the school also promised that any students who quote espouse promote or encourage others to violate the university's dating rules and regulations would be expelled the Internal Revenue Service pressed its case against Bob Jones University and on April 16 1975 notified the school of the proposed revocation of its tax-exempt status On January 19 1976 the IRS officially revoked Bob Jones University's tax-exempt status effective retro actively to 1970 when the school had first been formally notified of the IRS policy Bob Jones University sued to retain or rather to regain its tax exemption and conservative activist Paul eirick saw an opening Wyrick had been fighting for conservative causes going back to Barry Goldwater's failed bid for the presidency in 1964 he sensed the electoral potential of enlisting evangelical voters in the kiss in the conservative crusade and he had been trying throughout the early 1970s to generate some interest from evangelical leaders on matters like abortion school prayer pornography and the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution I was trying to get these people interested in those issues and I utterly failed Wyrick recalled in the 1990s what changed their mind was Jimmy Carter's intervention against Christian schools trying to deny them tax-exempt status on the basis of so-called de facto segregation the Bob Jones case caught the attention of evangelion leaders although I do not believe that the primary motivation for the galvanization of evangelio was racism rather they saw themselves as defending what they considered the sanctity of the evangelical subculture from outside interference and here I'll be self-referential if you'll pardon me as I was growing up in of angelical ISM in the 1950s and 1960s I recall the visits as a succession of presidents of various Bible colleges and Institute's they were raising money and recruiting students and one of their mantras was that their institutions did not accept federal money therefore the federal government couldn't tell them how to run their shops who they had admitted or not who they hired or fired it was always a point of pride Greene V Connelly changed that Evangelic led leaders prodded by Wyrick chose to interpret the IRS ruling against segregation of schools as an assault on the integrity and the sanctity of the evangelical subculture and that is what prompted them to action and to organize into a political movement what caused the movement to surface Wyrick reiterated was the federal government's moves against Christian schools which he added enraged the Christian community Edie Dobson formerly fall Wells assistant at Moral Majority has corroborated why Rick's account the religious new right did not start because of a concern about abortion he said in 1990 i sat in the non smoke-filled back room with the moral majority and I frankly do not remember abortion being mentioned as a reason why we ought to do something the Bob Jones case found its way all the way to the Supreme Court in 1982 when the Reagan administration argued on behalf of Bob Jones University on May 24th 1983 however the court ruled 8 to 1 against Bob Jones the sole dissenter was William Rehnquist whom later whom Reagan later elevated to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court the evangelical defense of Bob Jones University and its racially discriminatory policy policies may not have been motivated primarily by racism and I don't think it was still I think it's fair to point out the paradox that the very people who style themselves the new abolitionists to emphasize their immoral kinship with the 19th century opponents of slavery actually coalesced in as a political movement effectively to defend racial discrimination and how did the opposition to abortion become part of the religious rights program according to Wyrick and by the way he told me this directly once these evangelical leaders had mobilized in defense of Bob Jones University they held a conference call to discuss the prospect of other political activities several people suggested possible issues and finally a voice on the end of one of the lines said how about abortion and that according to Wyrick was how abortion was cobbled into the agenda of the religious right in the late 1970s not as a direct response to the January 1973 roe v wade decision another element of Paul Wyrick statement merits closer examination looking back on the formation of the Religious Right Huayra consisted that opposition to abortion was not the precipitating precipitating cause behind evangelical political activism his alternate explanation reads as follows what changed their mind was Jimmy Carter's intervention against Christian schools trying to deny them tax-exempt status on the basis of so-called de facto segregation here Wyrick displays his genius for political maneuvering and chicanery the Internal Revenue Service had initiated its action against Bob Jones University in 1970 and they've informed the school in 1975 that it would revoke its tax-exempt its tax exemption which it finally did On January 19th 1976 Jimmy Carter was still running for the Democratic nomination when Bob Jones University received that news and he was inaugurated president on January 20th 1977 precisely 1 full year and a day after the IRS finally rescinded the school's tax-exempt status and yet according to Wyrick it was quote Jimmy Carter's intervention against Christian schools that precipitated the rise of the Religious Right as president of the United States in the final years of the 1970s Carter was dealt a bad hand the Arab oil embargo and the concomitant energy crisis high interest rates the Iranian hostage situation and it is a hand that in many respects he played badly but he also fought against some lavishly funded highly organized and fiendishly deceptive opponents who would do almost anything to undermine him why Rick's attribution to Carter of the IRS action against Bob Jones University provides a case in point even though the action was consummated a full year before before Carter even took office when Gerald Ford was still president Wyrick succeeded in pinning this unpopular action on the Democratic president and using it to organize a movement to deny him reelection in 1980 one of the many ironies surrounding the religious right of course is that Evan Jellico's had helped sweep Carter to victory in the presidential election of 1976 his rhetoric about being a born-again Christian had energized evangelicals many of them whom had been resolutely apolitical until the mid-1970s his improbable run for the presidency his candor about his religious convictions and his promise to restore probity to the White House resonated with many Americans especially after having endured Richard Nixon's endless prevarications but no group responded more enthusiastically than EV angelica's themselves many of them registered to vote for the first time in order to cast their ballots for the Sunday school teacher from Plains Georgia and even televangelist Pat Robertson later boasted that he had done everything short of violating FCC regulations to ensure Carter's election not all evangelicals were enthusiastic about Carter however Tim LaHaye insisted that he had been suspicious from the beginning once they had galvanized as a political movement leaders of the Religious Right claimed that Carter's unwillingness to outlaw abortion providing a provided a compelling reason to work against him Carter had taken the position during the 1976 campaign that he was personally opposed to abortion but that he did not want to make it illegal but that was a retrospective judgment because evangelicals did not embrace embrace abortion as an issue issue until the late 1970s in preparation for the 1980 campaign what other issues fed the rise of the Religious Right Phyllis Schlafly a Roman Catholic had been opposing the proposed equal rights amendment to the US Constitution but the issue had little traction among evangelicals in the early 1970s as the Religious Right was gearing up in preparation for the 1980 election however Beverly LaHaye Tim Lee's wife started a new organization and Concerned Women for America in 1979 claiming that she resented the assumption on the part of feminist leaders that they spoke for all women the decision on the part of the religious right to oppose feminism as part of their agenda was a curious one following the lead of Charles Finney and Phoebe Palmer and Sara Lankford and countless Quaker women evangelicals had been the in the forefront of the women's rights movement throughout the 19th century and into the 20th century an essential part of the argument for women's suffrage was that women could bring moral arguments to bear on social issues especially temperance given their own legacy evangelicalism should have been marching beside people like Lauria Steinem and Betty Friedan in the women's movement of the 1960s and 1970s and one can only speculate about the ways in which America might have looked different in the final decades of the 20th century had they done so at the very least it seems likely that an evangelical presence in the women's movement might have curbed some of the more radical radical elements of feminism but that of course is speculation instead the leaders of the religious right who were and are overwhelmingly male opposed the women's movement thereby betraying evangelicalism z' own heritage as 19th century feminists in their search for a comprehensive political agenda the leaders of the religious right grabbed unto such issues as support for Israel derived from their chiliastic reading achill prophecies and the abolition of the department of education but in establishing a social agenda which they insisted was based directly on the teachings of Scripture they ignored the issue of divorce in favor of opposition to abortion and later homosexuality on the face of it this was a curious move the Bible not to mention Jesus himself says a great deal about divorce and none of it good the Bible says relatively little about homosexuality and probably nothing at all about abortion although pro-life advocates routinely cite a couple of verses Jesus himself said nothing whatsoever about sexuality though we did talk a good bit about money still the preponderance of the biblical witness which the religious Rite claims as formative is directed toward the believers responsibility to jump to those Jesus calls the least of these toward an honoring of the meek and peacemakers and on social matters against divorce yet the Religious Right made no attempt to outlaw divorce why is that first the divorce rate among evangelicals by the late 1970s tragically enough when the religious right was gearing up was roughly the same as that of the larger population second the person that the religious right exalted as their political Saviour in 1980 was Ronald Reagan a divorced and remarried man who in 1967 as governor of California had signed a bill into law legalizing abortion the religious rights designation of abortion and homosexuality as the central issues of their social agenda allowed them to divert attention from their embrace of Reagan but also to locate sin outside of the evangelical subculture or so they thought this attempt to externalize the enemy proved effective by the logic of their own professed fidelity to the Scriptures the leaders of the religious right should have been working to make divorce illegal except in cases of infidelity not more difficult but illegal because they seek to outlaw abortion instead they have chosen to be draconian on abortion and homosexuality even though the biblical mandate on those matters is considerably more ambiguous the religious rights opposition abortion has weakened has been weakened moreover by its insistent refusal to be consistently pro-life unlike the Roman Catholic Church which following the lead of the late Joseph Bernadin Archbishop of Chicago has talked about a consistent life ethic the leaders of the religious right however have failed to condemn capital punishment or even the use of torture by the Bush administration the failure to oppose capital punishment and torture leaves the religious right open to the charge that their agenda is driven by hard right ideologue rather than by moral conviction and what do we make of the fact that the Republican religious right coalition controlled all three branches of the federal government from January 1st 2006 when Samuel Alito was sworn out of the Supreme Court until January 3rd 2007 when the New Democratic majorities can cook control of Congress during those 11 months the chief executive the majority leader of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives all claim to be evangelical Christians unalterably opposed to abortion yet they made no attempt whatsoever to outlaw abortion their stated goal they did however pass and sign into law the military commissions act in October 2006 which sought to legitimize the use of torture despite the internal contradictions and ironies surrounding the religious right no one can deny its political effectiveness the religious right more than likely provided the margin of victory for Reagan in 1980 over two evangelical opponents Carter the incumbent and John B Anderson Republican member of Congress from Illinois who was running as an independent the Religious Right helped to re-elect Reagan four years later and to elect Reagan's vice president George HW Bush in 1988 even though the support from politically conservative Angelica was considerably more tepid the religious right viewed the Clinton years as something of an interregnum as someone shaped by the Baptist tradition in the south and as someone clearly at ease behind the pulpit of african-american churches Clinton was able to siphon enough evangelical votes away from the Republicans to win election in 1992 and re-election four years later religious right never forgave Clinton for interrupting their ascendancy with the emergence of the Monica Lewinsky scandal they pounced with a vengeance and their failure to remove him from office by impeachment was a source of unmitigated disappointment they finally had Clinton in their sights but the Senate failed pulled the trigger despite the Republican majority ed Dobson and Cal Thomas both of them former acolytes to Jerry Falwell published a bitter lamentation about the betrayal of the Religious Right by the political process their book blinded by might can the Religious Right save America answered the subtitle with an emphatic no politics they argued was an arena of compromise not suited to religious convictions besides what had the Republican Party actually delivered to politically conservative evangelicals a fair question no one can deny the political influence of the religious right or the leaders proximity to powerful politicians since the 1980s politically conservative evangelicals have supplied the Republican Party with the foot soldiers that labor unions once provided for the Democratic Party but what have evangelicals received in return both Reagan and George HW Bush who had run for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980 as a pro-choice Republican promised a constitutional amendment banning abortion but neither made a serious effort to amend the Constitution Reagan appointed C everett Koop and evan Jellicle and an abortion opponent to the position of Surgeon General and Gary Bauer held a policy position in the Reagan White House but the legislative accomplishments of the religious right despite the putative allegiance of a majority of Congress to the agenda of the religious right is negligible even george w bush's much trumpeted faith-based initiative program fell far short of his promises according to tempting faith and instaii insights the inside story of political seduction by david koch formerly the assistant in Bush's office of faith-based initiatives with Bush has delivered only eighty percent eighty million of the eight billion dollars he promised to the program less than 1% in 2004 we really did break our necks to turn out the vote James Dobson complained in 2004 for the two years since then Part B 2006 two years since then I have been extremely disappointed with what the Republicans have done with the power they were given the rise of the Religious Right in the late 1970s and his pandering after power provides an important lesson about Evan Jellicle ISM the widespread attempt on the part of the Religious Right to compromise the First Amendment by means of faith-based initiatives public prayer and public schools the use of taxpayer vouchers for religious schools emblazon attend commandments and other religious sentiments on public places all of these efforts ultimately undermine the faith by identifying it with a state and by suggesting that the faith needs the imprimatur of the government for legitimacy after judged my room thompson ruled correctly that the granite monument placed by Roy Moore in the lobby of the Alabama judicial building represented a violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause one of the protesters screamed get your hands off my god this protester may have forgotten that one of the commandments edged into that block of granite said something about graven image but the entire incident Illustrated the dangers of trivializing or fetishizing the faith by associating it with the state the overwhelming lesson of American religious history is that religion especially evangelicalism has flourished here as nowhere else precisely because we have followed Roger Williams dictum that the church should remain separate from the state lest the Garden of the Church be overcome by the wilderness of the world the other lesson for evangelicals in American religious history is that religion always functions best at the margins of society and not in the council's of power Methodism of the 19th century comes to mind as does Mormonism in the holiness movement in the 20th century Pentecostalism provides the best example of a religious movement operating at the fringes of society and flourishing when the faith panders after political power or cultural respectability however it loses its prophetic edge the failure of the Religious Right to condemn the Bush administration's policies on torture provides perhaps the most egregious example but 20th century American history provides another example as well the white middle-class aspirations of mainline Protestants and the ecumenical movement in the Cold War era that led to an innovation of mainline Protestantism paradoxically it was the resurgence of evangelicalism coming from the margins that re-energized Protestantism now because of the religious rights dalliance with the Republican Party in the decades surrounding the turn of the 20th century 21st century pardon me it is evangelicalism itself that stands in need of renewal religious right took the lovely and redemptive words of Jesus and turn them into something ugly and punitive the movement also defaulted on the noble legacy of 19th century evangelical activists with invariably took the part of those on the margins of society indeed history may very well judge the ascendancy of the religious right in the final decades of the 20th century the rejection of Jimmy Carter and the dalliance of evangelicals with right-wing politics as a tragic case of mistaken identity thank you the preceding 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Otis Rodgers



  1. Robert Meyer Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Exterminate every divorced man (Matthew 19:3-9).
    Too late for Reagan, but not trump.

  2. newtreena Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    What do we do now? Trump….ugh

  3. David Strohl Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Whatever their rationale for coalescing around Bob Jones’ bigoted “university,” it’s the same as it ever was. Follow the money! Pricks like Falwell and Graham have always been money grubbing bastards, and it was to enrich themselves. As it is always with these religious zealots. Follow the money.

  4. LittleImpaler Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    As a Right-wing Libertarian the religious right are annoying. They want a Christian theocracy. And always think America is a Christian nation. 😑

  5. Ronald Anders Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    This is one of the best videos made on the history of the Religious Right. I watch it repeatedly. He's very right about how Evangelicals did not rise against abortion until the rise of Reagan toward 1980. I became very much part of Evangelicalism in the early 1970s but the only outcry I remember then about abortion came from a Catholic friend of mine who was upset about the opening of an abortion clinic in our town.

  6. Suzy Suzy Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    I always found it odd why evangelicals make the issue of abortion a priority. By the way they behave you would think it's on every second page in the Bible, but the reality is that the Bible does not even mention it. The few verses evangelicals cite to support their strong anti-abortion stance are not actually about abortion, you can only make it about abortion indirectly or in a very contrived way. One would think if God considered the issue as important as evangelicals make it out to be then he would have clearer messages about it. Meanwhile evangelicals ignore whole issues that are much more empathic in the Bible. So I already assumed this issue has rather political reasons and origins. I suspected it might have to do with men's desire to maintain their control over women. Contraception in general helped women to take control of their lives, be able to study, work and not be dependent on men. Churches do not necessarily like that, and I think that might be the origin of Catholic stance not only against abortion, but birth control in general. I didn't know the racism connection of this issue, so thank you for this lecture.

  7. Brad Chapman Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    People who teach children, that the torture and murder of an innocent man to free the guilty is the highest expression of love, frighten me. (Psalms 90:11)

  8. Carl Pen Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Religion IS fascism… every theocracy was and is a fascist dictatorship… our founding fathers knew this, that's the main reason they wanted to establish a secular form of government… religion is the enemy of reason and freedom of thought.

  9. Napoleon Klein Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Trump staunchest supporters include evangelicals. Truly, "the garden of the church" has been "overcome by the wilderness of the world." Trump the adulterer, divorced 3 times, the liar, the solicitor of prostitutes, the bigot, in all ways the antithesis of so much that is good and holy and the evangelicals have violated themselves by supporting him. How colossally hypocritical!

  10. Logangster Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    If he said”rise of the WHITE EVANGELICAL RIGHT” this would be perfect.

  11. timothy lines Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    see[the dozier school for boys]evil south.

  12. timothy lines Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    if your bible has the old testement up front,your pagons also.

  13. Oh Brother Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Actually it wasn't Bob Jones University that was the first school in which the religious right was formed to fight integration it was another case.


  14. Henry Lee Clay, Jr Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    This is very interesting and insightful.

  15. Michael Lantz Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    How come The Religious Right does not exist in Europe,Japan or South Korea or many Asian countries?I never understood that.

  16. SynchroTotal Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    It's not what you SAY or BELIEVE. It's what you DO. Christians (as a group) don't measure up in the "decent human being department". They certainly can't hold a candle to atheists (as a group). That's a measurable FACT. So, if you want to claim "equality" as decent, kind and loving human beings….CHRISTIANS lose! Atheists ARE superior. – Please offer facts instead of more fiction as evidence against what I just said. History is NOT on your side….and never was!

  17. Dale Zimmerman Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    I wish we could ship all the Christians to Iran.

  18. OH Brother Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    I'm a Christian who's African-American. I used to vote for the religious right. They turned me off with their support for apartheid.
    And they maybe morphing into the ALT RIGHT. One caller on Christian radio called for others to pray for George Soros to die.

    And they NEVER talk about all the white supremacist groups that kill jews in America or vandalize their property. THEY only support Jews in Israel vs Palestinians or other middle easterns.

  19. Hammerin' Hank Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    The true origin of the "Religious Right" comes from the failure of the Anti-Civil Rights Movement of southern bigots during the 60's. When they failed they rallied the bigoted coalition under an "anti abortion" banner, since the old racist approach was now frowned upon. The so-called Christian Right has far less in common with Christianity than it does Satanism (or worldliness). Jesus wasn't worried about "upper class tax cuts" and never condemned the poor (both hobbies of the socalled Religious Right).

  20. Ian Balmer Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    A most excellent and well scholastically disciplined discourse: I consider myself better informed.

  21. J.S V Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Share this video people. Spread the word.

  22. J.S V Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    How can these people sleep at night ?!

  23. Marion Keenan Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    What an excellent lecture. It explains many contradictions I have come to question about the movement.

  24. Albert Calleros Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    The 'Religious Right' is essentially a unique political 'phenomenon' of the Greater South. it should NOT surprise anyone that Southern Evangelical Protestantism actually aided & abetted the subjugation of African-Americans – i. e. , slavery & 'Jim Crow' – in the Greater South. Even after slightly more than one hundred fifty years after the end of the actual Civil War, the United States is still at war with itself.

  25. Katie Baily Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    I wish more people watched this.

  26. Rob Morris Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    So…even when Weyrich et al admit it wasn't Roe V Wade that sparked all this, they still attack Jimmy Carter with an easily-detected lie about the Bob Jones decision.

    These people are the reason real religious folk have had to mantra : "We aren't all like that!"

  27. HConstantine Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Is Tim LeHaye even an evangelical? Isn't he more just psychotic?

  28. nvsbl2 Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    A blind man describing sight. There is a big difference between the "religious" and Christians. But you wouldn't understand that, because you don't want it to be true. Foolish

  29. Corey Mondello Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Read 'The Family'

  30. Linda Teuling Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    This is, in my opinion, very well-done and objectively. As someone who is the same age as George W. Bush Jr. and Bill Clinton, I find this to be quite accurate.

  31. Chris Hachet Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    well done!

  32. Paul Wilkinson Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Very interesting; I never knew this history ( I am not American btw…)