Politico: The Religious Right Founded on Racism

Liberals try to rewrite history since Democrats started the KKK and fought against equal rights.
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Founders of the pro-family movement are reacting skeptically to an article published this week at Politico that claims their movement was founded on racism.

University professor Randall Balmer insists the social conservative movement failed to coalesce over abortion, prayer in school, the Equal Rights Amendment, and every other hot-button issue of those days, many of which percolate even today, but rather over an obscure Supreme Court case called Green v. Connally.

Balmer, who teaches at Dartmouth, calls it a “durable myth” that “evangelicals and fundamentalists” became politically active only after Roe V. Wade gave the US abortion on demand.

“In fact,” he says, “it wasn’t until 1979 – a full six years after Roe – that evangelical leaders, at the behest of conservative activist Paul Weyrich, seized on abortion not for moral reasons, but as a rallying cry to deny President Jimmy Carter a second term. Why? Because the anti-abortion cause was more palatable than the religious right’s real motive: protecting segregated schools.”



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