Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority: A Brief History

We’ve seen marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act become realities over the past few years (despite multiple legal challenges to both), so why are liberals losing elections at the state and federal levels?

That’s the question Stephen Prothero seeks to answer in his new book Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections) (HarperOne, 2016):

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If you want to understand the culture wars, then you have to know the history of today’s Christian Right. In the excerpt below, Prothero describes the rise of the Moral Majority. It’s not just social issues like abortion that galvanized members. Segregation also played a role.

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When Pascal’s Wager Goes Wrong

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Alabama Teacher Distributed Bibles to Her Fifth Graders in Class, Says Atheist Group

It’s bad enough when school districts allow a passive Bible distribution, letting students to pick up a copy of the Christian holy book, you know, if they want one, no pressure at all. (Bad, because non-Christian groups have to fight tooth and nail for the same sort of access.)

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Judge Orders School Board Members in Chino Valley (CA) to Stop Proselytizing and Praying

If you were to attend a meeting of the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education (in California), you’d think you were at a church service. The members frequently lead explicitly Christian prayers and read Bible verses:

Here’s the good news: All of this may finally be coming to an end.

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Legislation to Protect LGBT Hate Crime Victims May Fail in Utah Due to Mormon Church Opposition

A couple of weeks after the Mormon Church opposed a medical marijuana bill that could help ailing patients, one Utah legislator is saying the Church is responsible for denigrating a hate-crimes bill that would help LGBT individuals.

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State Sen. Steve Urquhart, a Republican Mormon, blamed the Church for getting in the way of SB107:

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