Today’s blog is an attempt at calming the fears expressed by fellow blogger notestoponder a few days ago.
If you have not had a chance to read her blog, scroll down for the link. This will provide you with the background information explaining this blog.
In the 1970s a group (Moral Majority) was started.
Some issues for which the Moral Majority campaigned included:
- Censorship of media outlets that promote an “anti-family” agenda
- Enforcement of a traditional vision of family life
- Opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment and Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
- Opposition to state recognition and acceptance of homosexual acts
- Outlawing abortion in all cases
- Targeting Jews and other non-Christians for conversion to conservative Christianity
The official group dissolved in the late 1980s. But their efforts continue to this day.
Pat Robertson a media mogul and former Baptist minister is still extolling the supposed values of the Christian right on his television broadcasts.
Now then, the group itself has dissolved; their goals have not been obtained and in some areas they even lost ground.
Roe v Wade is still the law of the land despite the Republicans having control of all three branches of our federal government during the Bush years.
Gay rights are gaining at the state level with an ever increasing number of states now recognizing gay marriage.
The repeal of DOMA was an additional blow to this group.
These facts have created an atmosphere where the supporters have become somewhat disillusioned and no longer have the fervor they once had.
To the best of my knowledge we have no high ranking people of faith with government control unlike the Imams in Iraq.
The number of young people in the U.S. professing to be of no religious faith or belief continues to grow, they have seen what radical religion has to offer and have chose not to participate.
And so, in conclusion my opinion is that the Christian right and their attempt at taking over our government has seen its peak and will continue to diminish.
This does not mean we can disregard them or their efforts, we must maintain our vigilance for they are still a force to be reckoned with but their power is waning.
Sleep peacefully Notestoponder, we have the matter in hand and are watching it closely.
And to all the rest of you good people, carry on and have fun doing so!
- Will the Religious Left Become the New ‘Moral Majority’? (theatlantic.com)
- “I am a conservative Republican, but I believe in democracy and the separation of church and state. The conservative movement is founded on the simple tenet that people have the right to live life as they please as long as they don’t hurt anyone else in (geoffreyandmika.wordpress.com)
- The Rise of the Christian Left in America (theatlantic.com)