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Joseph K Kosek

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203516

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203516.001.0001

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The Religious Right and Its Critics

The Religious Right and Its Critics

(p.197) 6 The Religious Right and Its Critics
American Religion, American Politics
Joseph Kip Kosek
Yale University Press

The conservative ascendancy of the 1970s and 1980s marked a substantial reversal of American political power. The religious right also mobilized as never before. In particular, groups that had once looked with suspicion at the corruptions and compromises inherent in politics now decided to join the fray. Although they were never unified, these groups agreed on a few central issues; they were strong anticommunists and supported a powerful military to counteract the influence of the Soviet Union. This chapter presents the following documents: Engel v. Vitale (1962), Phyllis Schlafly's The Power of the Positive Woman (1977), Francis Schaeffer's A Christian Manifesto (1981), John Shelby Spong's “Blessing Gay and Lesbian Commitments” (1988), and Employment Division v. Smith (1990).

Keywords:   American political power, conservatives, religious right, Engel v. Vitale, Phyllis Schlafly, Francis Schaeffer, John Shelby Spong, Employment Division v. Smith

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