The Christian Right and Church–State Issues

Clyde Wilcox and Sam Potolicchio

in The Oxford Handbook of Church and State in the United States

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195326246
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

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 The Christian Right and Church–State Issues

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This article discusses the Christian Right and their role in some of the church–state issues. In the late 1970s, the Moral Majority and the Christian Right were established. The focus of the Christian Right movement during this period was on the election of Republican candidates and on lobbying GOP policymakers to accomplish its goals. In the 1990s, the Christian Right changed its focus from the church–state separation to the greater free exercise and free speech rights for conservative Christians. Over the last 30 years, the Christian Right has been active in every political and legal dispute of the national church–state domain. It has mobilized conservative Christians, influenced elections, and changed the constitutional interpretation of the church–state issues. The Christian Right sought to reestablish a balance on church–state issues and to represent conservative Christians in the policy process. It also aimed to win a place at the table of policy negotiations and to “take back” America for Christ.

Keywords: Christian Right; church–state issues; Moral Majority; election; lobbying; free exercise; free speech rights; conservative Christians; policy negotiations

Article.  7590 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Comparative Politics

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