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  •  I suggest reading Balmer (3+ / 0-)
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    Farugia, Sandino, radarlady

    The Christian Right is an old movement, and it has always had connections to reactionary politics. I don't doubt that the reactionaries who supported Goldwater went looking for allies in the church. One should point out that libertarians and theocrats have nothing, at least nothing particularly obvious, in common.

    But Balmer has clear evidence that what set off the formation of the hyper-politicized form of the Christian Right  was the Bob Jones University tax case. I suggest reading and thinking about that evidence. It's striking and helps me to understand how the Christian Right could form common cause with people who they generally regard as mortal enemies.

    At any rate, you do agree that abortion was not what brought the Christian Right into the Republican Party.

    •  Civil Rights Act gave GOP the wedge they (2+ / 0-)
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      needed to attract Christian Right.  LBJ observed, upon signing the Act, that his action had handed the South to the GOP.  Of course, the Christian Right is more or less centered in the South and West, and somewhat  MidWest

      •  I agree that the Civil Rights Act was a catalyst (2+ / 0-)
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        The Civil Rights Act was the crack in the dam that helped to end the religious exemption for Bob Jones University. The end of the tax exemption was what spurred the formation of the Moral Majority. Nixon's Southern Strategy meshed perfectly with the desires of the Moral Majority to achieve political power. They did so by displacing some southern Democrats and cowing others.

        •  to complicate the history here, the time was ripe (1+ / 0-)
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          for Nixon's strategy as the Southern Dixiecrats had been casting around for years after Thurmond's run failed to find a solution to the dilution of their power in the Congress, many times as the result of their seniority and control of key committees.

          As I remember the BJU debacle, they had embraced racial segregation as biblically inspired (ref: Phineas among others) and had already decided to forgo many forms of federal student aid.  However they still participated in the GI Bill and it was this source of funding which was challenged.  (Small note here that the university has always been run as family business by the Joneses.  They also used to have a fantastic art collection though this was 40 years ago)

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