Evangelical Moral Crusading and the Culture War

n class="an jh ji jj jk jl jm jn jo jp dg">In 1992, Pat Buchanan told the Republican Party Convention in Houston, Texas, that voters in that year’s presidential election were not merely selecting a president — they were taking sides in a conflict over American identity. The election “is about who we are. It is about what we believe, and what we stand for as Americans.” The conflict was, in fact, a war. “There is a religious war going on in this country,” he said. “It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we shall be as was the Cold War itself, for this war is for the soul of America.” The other side called for “abortion on demand … homosexual rights, discrimination against religious schools, and women in combat units,” which Buchanan asserted was “not the kind of change we can abide in a nation that we still call God’s country.” Protecting America’s identity as “God’s country” was the responsibility of the American voter and the Republican Party. Read Full Article »

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