Recommended Read: Politico on Evangelical Culture Wars; It Wasn’t the Legalization of Abortion that Triggered them it was the Threat of Bob Jones University Losing its Funding due to its Segregation Practices

A recommended read that came out a while back from Politico. This deals with the history of the evangelical culture wars and corrects the notion that the legalization of abortion triggered them. This also includes a Saturday Night Live parody on the culture wars called, “God is a Boob Man.” 

“But the abortion myth quickly collapses under historical scrutiny. In fact, it wasn’t until 1979—a full six years after Roe—that evangelical leaders, at the behest of conservative activist Paul Weyrich, seized on abortion not for moral reasons, but as a rallying-cry to deny President Jimmy Carter a second term. Why? Because the anti-abortion crusade was more palatable than the religious right’s real motive: protecting segregated schools. So much for the new abolitionism.”

From Politico 

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
    he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.

Psalm 116:1-2 NIV 

Saturday Night Live’s take on the culture wars

At some point in the next year I would like to write a detailed history of the evangelical culture wars. How did they come about, and what inspired them. Many claim that it was the legalization of abortion that triggered them. Politico had an article a few years back that I believe many people should read and familiarize themselves with. The article is called “The Real Origins of the Religious Right.” Politco writes that it was not the legalization of abortion that triggered the culture wars. Instead it was when Bob Jones University, the flagship school of the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist had its funding threatened because it still practiced segregation. I hope you guys have a good day! 

 

3 thoughts on “Recommended Read: Politico on Evangelical Culture Wars; It Wasn’t the Legalization of Abortion that Triggered them it was the Threat of Bob Jones University Losing its Funding due to its Segregation Practices

  1. I recall the story–if I can find a cite, I’ll send it your way–that the first time Francis Schaefer was asked to help advocate against abortion, he dismissed it as being a “Catholic issue.” The pro-life movement has always only been a matter of political expediency for evangelical leaders…

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  2. Before The ChapmanEd Show can hijack this thread:

    So it was White Supremacy wearing a Christian Morality Angel-of-Light Mask?

    (I remember the Klan’s obsession with “Protecting Our White Women & Children”…)

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    • P.S. Bob Jones University.
      Pilgrimage site for GOP Presidential hopefuls for a couple decades, announcing their run by making pilgrimage to BJU to receive the Anointing from the ManaGAWD Himself. (Until 2016, when the MenaGAWD made pilgrimage to Trump Tower to deliver The Anointing in person.)

      And subject of a Steve Taylor song, “We Don’t Need No Color Code”:

      “Way down Carolina Way
      (Way down Carolina way…)
      There’s a Preacher called Bee Jay
      (There’s a Preacher called Bee Jay..)
      Bee Jay built himself a school
      (Bee Jay built himself a school…)
      Founded on Caucasian Rule
      (Founded on Caucasian Rule..)
      Bumper sticker on his Ford:
      (Bumper sticker on his Ford…)
      ‘Honkys if you love The LORD’…”

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