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The Religious Right Movement Essay

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The book, Jerry Falwell and the Rise of the Religious Right by Matthew Avery Sutton portrays the historical background behind Jerry Falwell and traditional Christian beliefs. Some of the issues and events that drove Falwell and other conservative Christians to new forms of political activism in the second half of the twentieth century are: sex education, abortion and homosexuality.
In 1961, Evangelist and pastor Tim LaHaye worked on informing and ridding public schools of sex education programs. In a letter that he wrote to parents at a school he said; “ As a parent, taxpayer, and a Christian, you need to be informed on the devastating Radical Sex Education Program now being advocated by some educators across America”(72). In this letter, LaHaye uses the word “devastating” to show how truly upset he was about this program. He went on to quote the bible in saying that sex was accepted in Christian beliefs and that that was not the problem. The problem was that the context, in which the education was coming from, was not coming from the Bible. LaHaye believed that because God created sex, he should be the only one to teach people about it. Also, LaHaye believed that the sex education program in public schools was more pornographic than it needed to be. LaHaye later states that there are many suggestions for how to rid the public school of this sex education program, but it was going to take the collaboration of millions of parents in their own neighborhoods. A few years later came the debate of legalizing abortion.
In 1971, author and editor-in-chief Carl F. Henry discusses the spiritual and moral concerns of abortion. Henry really gives a broad response to abortion in this excerpt, but touches on how a lot of religions view abortion. He goes on to describe a Christian’s response to a woman’s choice of having an abortion; “The God of creation and redemption is also the guardian of the womb…there remains at last a final judgment by the Lord and Giver of Life”(96). Henry is saying that ultimately it is the woman’s decision whether or not to have an abortion, but that ultimately God has the final call in whether you will be redeemed of your sins for having...

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