The Bush Administration and the Politics of Sexual Morality

Edward Ashbee

in Assessing the George W. Bush Presidency

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780748627400
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671946 | DOI:
The Bush Administration and the Politics of Sexual Morality

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Much has been said about George W. Bush's associations with the organisations and individuals comprising the Christian right and white evangelical Protestantism. Commentaries on his presidency record the part played by evangelicals in contributing to his re-election and in turn note his support for the Christian right's political agenda, speaking in forceful terms about building a ‘culture of life’, using an executive order to prohibit the use of federal funds for embryonic stem-cell research, boosting federal government funding for abstinence-only sex education, and opposing same-sex marriage, for example. This chapter examines the politics of sexual morality in the United States during Bush's presidency. It first discusses electoral politics involving Bush, focusing on the Republican Party's primaries in 2000 and the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. It then looks at the gains secured by the Christian right in return for its perceived electoral efforts with respect to public policy and appointments to the judiciary. It also discusses the reasons behind Bush's failure to deliver the Christian right's agenda.

Keywords: George W. Bush; United States; politics; sexual morality; Christian right; evangelicals; presidential elections; Republican Party; public policy; judiciary

Chapter.  6136 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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