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The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party

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October, 2007


The Evangelical Crackup, New York Times, October 28, 2007

Deconstructing the Dominionists, Talk To Action, October 25, 2007

Checking The Scorecard: IRS May Be Cracking Down On Biased Religious Right 'Voter Guides' Wall of Separation, October 23, 2007

The Latvian Connection, West Coast Anti-Gay Movement on the March, Southern Poverty Law Center, Fall, 2007

Photos from the Values Voters Summit, Political Research Associates, October 21, 2007

Religious Right Divides Its Vote at Summit, New York Times, October 21, 2007

HUCKABEE SPEAKS IN TONGUES, American Prospect at the Values Voters Summit

"I come to you not as one that comes to you, but as one that comes from you," he said. And later: "It's important that people sing from the hearts and don't just lip-sync the lyrics." The candidate they back should "speak in the mother tongue," he said, going on to cite numerous Biblical stories and verses to reaffirm his own ability to do so. David, Goliath, Elijah, Galilee, Jesus putting mud in the eyes of a blind man - he pounded out a sound-bite-sized recap of the Bible just to make it clear that he's still very much a Southern Baptist minister.

"People say we don't want to amend the Constitution. Well, it was made to be amended ... I don't want to see people who are less willing to change the Constitution than they are to change the holy word of God."

VALUES VOTERS VOTE American Prospect

And now, the results of the straw poll. The top four, in descending order: Romney , Huckabee , Paul , and Thompson . A total of 5, 576 votes were cast, and Romney topped Huckabee by a margin of just 30 votes.

Special Coverage of the 2007 Values Voters Summit, Political Research Associates

Christian Nationalism - the assertion that the United States was founded as a Christian nation - is openly celebrated at the Values Voters Summit. By contrast, Christian Reconstructionism - which requires the imposition of Biblical law - is generally kept under wraps or veiled in coded references at public Christian Right events. On Friday, however, conservative pundit Star Parker cited the founder of Christian Reconstructionism, R.J. Rushdoony during a tirade against moral relativism. Conservative commentators often claim that critics of the Christian Right exaggerate Rushdoony's influence. In fact, Reconstructionism helped to spark the New Christian Right and its tendency towards Dominionism - the idea that Christians have a mandate to take control of secular society.

Evangelicals Gather at Summit, Washington Post, October 20, 2007

For 3 Candidates, a Test on Religion, New York Times, October 20, 2007

Helping Democrats Find a Way to Reach the Religious, New York Times, October 20, 2007

More on GOP and Values Voters Summit, Huffington Post, October 19, 2007

Religious Right Seeks To Muscle GOP During 'Values Voter Summit' Americans United, October 19, 2007 "Conference Is Designed To Win Submission From Republican Candidates"

"This may be the biggest collection of theocrats in one room since the Salem Witch Trials," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn ...

"Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council and their ideological allies are determined to use the power of the government to force their theology on all Americans," Lynn said. "They are looking for the candidate who will best help them achieve that goal. That's what this weekend is about."

Evangelicals Lukewarm Toward GOP Field, Washington Post, October 19, 2007

Social Conservatives Meet, Their Options Cut by One, New York Times, October 19, 2007

Earmark Promoting Creationism In Louisiana To Be Removed From Federal Appropriations Bill, Americans United, October 18, 2007

Gingerly, Romney Seeks Ties to Christian Right, New York Times, October 16, 2007

Bob Jones Dean Endorses . Romney! Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2007

Religious Right Funding Increases, AU Research Shows, Americans United, October 15, 2007

Guess Who Came to the Evangelicals' Dinner, Washington Post, October 12, 2007 -- this article was written with humor and irony, but it underscores the important leadership of Reverend Richard Cizik, an official with National Association of Evangelicals who has made the environment an issue now embraced by the NAE.

For a Trusty Voting Bloc, a Faith Shaken, New York Times, October 7, 2007

Thou Shalt Not Kill, Except in a Popular Video Game at Church, New York Times, October 7, 2007

A Nation of Christians Is Not a Christian Nation, New York Times, October 7, 2007

John McCain: Constitution Established a 'Christian Nation' Beliefnet

Louisiana: Money for Churches Blocked, New York Times, October 6, 2007

Short Takes, Talk To Action, October 5, 2007

Christians against Iran, urging bombing of Iran, Bill Moyers Journal, PBS, October 5, 2007 -- Aired October 5 at 9:00 pm

Bluff Or Bust?: Religious Right Seeks To Cop A Plea From The GOP, Wall of Separation, October 5, 2007

The Religious Right's New Tactics for Invading Public Schools, Church and State, posted on Alternet, October 4, 2007

Doubts Greet Evangelical Christians in Israel, NPR's Morning Edition, October 4, 2007

Giuliani Tries to Reassure Religious Conservatives, New York Times, October 4, 2007

The Values Test By JAMES C. DOBSON, New York Times, October 4, 2007

Critical Mass: Bishops Advise Supreme Court On The Laws Of God, Talk To Action, October 2, 2007

Supreme Court Turns Down Cases on Religious Separation, New York Times, October 2, 2007

Federal Appeals Court To Hear Arguments In Key Case Challenging Coach Involvement In School Prayer, Americans United, October 1, 2007

Young Evangelicals Abandon Bush; Third Party in '08? Future Majority, October 1, 2007


Last updated: October, 2007