Here’s history worth knowing:
May 4, 2022 - Ali Velshi reviews how the religious right became frustrated by the loss of segregation as an issue to mobilize their constituency and shifted instead to prioritizing abortion as a means of consolidating religious voters into a more powerful voting bloc.
MAR 27, 2013
As the Supreme Court hears arguments in cases on marriage equality, many fear a decades-long backlash reminiscent of that after Roe v. Wade. It is important, however, to remember the real story behind the formation of the religious conservative movement.
They’ll tell you it was abortion. Sorry, the historical record’s clear: It was segregation.
By RANDALL BALMER - May 27, 2014
One of the most durable myths in recent history is that the religious right, the coalition of conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists, emerged as a political movement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion. The tale goes something like this: Evangelicals, who had been politically quiescent for decades, were so morally outraged by Roe that they resolved to organize in order to overturn it.
This myth of origins is oft repeated by the movement’s leaders. In his 2005 book, Jerry Falwell, the firebrand fundamentalist preacher, …
Here’s curious study into Jerry Falwell’s preaching success, for anyone interested in taking a deep dive (skimming through it is enough to make me dizzy).
Seems to me Evangelical Preacher = self serving cynical con artists, with sticky fingers deep in your pockets.
1985 - LSU Historical Dissertations and Theses
A Rhetorical Analysis of the Political Preaching of the Reverend Jerry Falwell: the Moral Majority Sermons, 1979 (Electric Church, Demagogue).
By Vernon Oliver Ray
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College