It Wasn’t Abortion That Formed the Religious Right. It Was Support for Segregation. – By Amanda Marcotte – The modern religious right formed, practically overnight, as a rapid response to the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade. Or, at least, that’s how the story goes. The reality, Randall Balmer, Dartmouth professor writing for Politico Magazine, says, is actually a little less savory to 21st century Americans: The religious right, who liked to call themselves the “moral majority” at the time, actually organized around fighting to protect Christian schools from being desegregated.
It wasn’t Roe v. Wade that woke the sleeping dragon of the evangelical vote. It was Green v. Kennedy, a 1970 decision stripping tax-exempt status from “segregation academies”—private Christian schools that were set up in response to Brown v. Board of Education, where the practice of barring black students continued. – Christian Right – Race and Diversity
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Memories BY Kyle Mantyla – Back in 2005, it was reported that Tony Perkins, now President of the Family Research Council, “paid former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke $82,500 for his mailing list. At the time, Perkins was the campaign manager for a right-wing Republican candidate for the US Senate in Louisiana.”
Shortly thereafter, FRC released a statement refuting the assertion:
Anti-Abortion Group Wants To Accost Clinton With ‘Actual Unborn Children’ At Campaign Events – BY Miranda Blue – Mark Harrington, head of the anti-abortion-rights group Created Equal, announced in a press release and YouTube video today
that he is launching a new effort called “The Hillary Project” in which he and fellow activists will attempt to “personally present” Hillary Clinton “with actual unborn children” at campaign stops.
While Harrington doesn’t make clear in what form he will present these “actual unborn children” to Clinton, he seems to make a distinction between his new project and the graphic images that his group routinely uses at protests:
White Christian America is dying – By John Sides – Robert P. Jones is the founding CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). His new book, “The End of White Christian America,” has been called “quite possibly the most illuminating text for this election year.” He kindly answered some questions about the book via email. Below is a lightly edited version.
Let’s start with a graph from the book. I think this won’t strike many readers as surprising, but tell us what you see and how you interpret it.
The chart below reveals just how quickly the proportions of white, non-Hispanic Christians have declined across generations.
In the hysteria following the murder of a New Orleans police chief, 11 Italian-Americans were lynched by a vigilante mob angry about the city’s influx of immigrants. Here’s how the past and future of American nativism may not be that different. By Adam Serwer – A light rain fell on New Orleans on October 15, 1890, as Police Chief David Hennessy left the central police station with his colleague and friend Capt. William O’Connor just after 11 p.m. The young chief turned toward Basin Street, heading for the home he shared with his widowed mother. O’Connor went in the opposite direction, up Girod Street. Hennessy rarely walked home alone; for the past three years, he had done so in the company of bodyguards. That night he was alone.
Not far from his mother’s doorstep, Hennessy staggered as gunfire ripped into his side. One of the bullets pierced his liver and settled in his chest, another shattered his right leg. The skin around his wounds cratered with bird shot. Hennessy drew his revolver as he turned to face his assailants and fired three or four times, but they had slipped into the night. – After pressure from Franklin Graham, Duke cancels Muslim call to prayer, Graham had told alumni to withhold support By Carla Field –