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Religious Right

The Religious Right (or sometimes called the Christian Right) is a phrase sometimes used to describe Christian political groups or activists that take socially conservative positions on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. Few leaders use the term to describe themselves as it has become more pejorative in recent years. As Focus on the Family’s Gary Schneeberger said, "[T]erms like 'religious right' have been traditionally used in a pejorative way to suggest extremism. The phrase 'socially conservative evangelicals' is not very exciting, but that's certainly the way to do it." After the deaths of leaders like Jerry Falwell and Charles Colson, some have raised the question of whether the Religious Right still exists.

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  • The Culture Warrior in Winter
    Richard Land's fall and the end of the old Religious Right. (Tiffany Stanley, National Journal)
  • The Decline of Evangelical America
    Some evangelical leaders are embarrassed by our movement’s present paralysis. I am not. Weakness is a potent purifier. For me, the deterioration and disarray of the movement is a source of hope: hope that churches will stop angling for human power and start proclaiming the power of Christ. (NYT)

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