An American Christian fundamentalist
movement that rose in the late 70s/80s; individuals of this group are superlatively hypocritical in their two-faced morality that the expouse.
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.
They 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 in order 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.
They continuously 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
doesn't give 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 of Christianity
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.