February 7, 2008

A reminder

Found this exchange looking for how the religious right responded to torture. Richard Land did denounce torture, though he waffled a bit in his take on how to treat those who fight without uniform. But I don't think I have ever seen him publicly criticize Bush on this issue. Has anyone?

But my favorite exchange was when Randall Balmer did a little history lesson reminder on the origins of the Religious Right:
"C'mon, Richard, you're a better historian than that. The Religious Right did not coalesce as a political movement in response to the 1973 Roe decision. The catalyst was a lower-court decision, Green v. Connally, which upheld the attempt on the part of the Internal Revenue Service to rescind the tax-exempt status of institutions that engaged in racial discrimination. Bob Jones University of South Carolina stood in the crosshairs of that decision, and that is what motivated evangelical leaders to become politically active; abortion was cobbled into the political agenda in the late 1970s, in preparation for the 1980 presidential campaign, and not in direct response to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Despite the labored efforts of the leaders of the Religious Right to style themselves as the 'new abolitionists' in order to draw a moral parallel with the 19th-century evangelical opponents of slavery, the Religious Right organized as a political movement effectively to defend racial segregation."

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