An American Christian fundamentalist
rose in the late 70s/80s; individuals of this group are superlatively hypocritical in their two-faced morality that
Religious Right leaders claim to stand
for traditional morality
, yet the places where they
have a strong power base tend to be filled with titty bars.
claim to represent family values, yet divorce rates among members
of typical fundamentalist churches
are among the highest in the country.
They cite Bible
verses in Leviticus
to condemn homosexuality, yet they ignore the fact that
the same book of Leviticus
also says shellfish are an abomination as well as homosexuality.
They are always pro-life
, yet they approve of pre-emptive war in Iraq.
marginalize and belittle those
of minority faiths
and atheists, yet the shout persecution
whenever people show understandable
hostility towards them, or when the government, in accordance with separation of church and state
them state sanction, i.e., the Ten Commandments on government property.
They go on and on about how gays demand special rights, but they demand special status for themselves for being Protestant evangelical Christians.
It's important to realize that the Religious Right is in no way representative
as a whole. Former
president Jimmy Carter, a devout evangelical himself, has denounced the politics of the Religious Right.
Pat Robertson and Ralph Reed use manipulative and secretive means to get Religious
Right-wingers, such as Tom Delay, Bill Frist, and Rick Santorum, into the Senate and the House.