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The term Religious Right is a broad label applied by scholars, journalists, and critics to a number of political and religious movements and groups that primarily are active around conservative and right wing social issues.[1]William Martin suggests that the terms "Religious Right" and "New Christian Right" can refer to the movement in the United States that began to mobilize in the 1960s.[2]Others, however, use the term to describe a coalition of religious conservatives that extends beyond Christianity.[3] Politics is the process by which decisions are made within groups. ... Religious is a term with both a technical definition and folk use. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... In politics, right-wing, the political right, or simply the right, are terms which refer, with no particular precision, to the segment of the political spectrum in opposition to left-wing politics. ...

The terms Religious Right and Christian Right are considered pejorative by some conservative critics, who suggest it is used primarily by the political left.[4][5][6] (see Christianophobia and Dominionism). This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is on the political-religious concept of dominionism. ...

The disagreements between the Religious Right and feminist, gay and social liberal activists are sometimes referred to as the Culture War.[7] Feminism is a collection of social theories, political movements, and moral philosophies largely motivated by or concerned with the social, political and economic equality of the sexes. ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... Social liberalism is either a synonym for new liberalism or a label used by progressive liberal parties in order to differentiate themselves from the more conservative liberal parties, especially when there are two or more liberal parties in a country. ... The culture war (or culture wars) in American usage is a supposed political conflict based on different idealized cultural values. ...


Beyond the Christian Right

The Christian Right in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, has made efforts to reach out to Orthodox Jews and Muslim social conservatives, especially in building coalitions against abortion and same-sex marriage. Social conservatism is a belief in traditional morality and social mores and the desire to preserve these in present day society, often through civil law or regulation. ...   CA, CT, MD, NY, NJ, OR, RI, VT, WA See also Civil union Registered partnership Domestic partnership Timeline of same-sex marriage Listings by country This box:      Same-sex marriage is a term for a governmentally, socially, or religiously recognized marriage in which two people of the same sex live...

At the United Nations level, conservative interfaith NGOs co-operate over issues of gender, reproductive and sexual health, lesbian and gay rights, family and bioethical policies. The World Congress of Families is one particularly important interfaith forum for that purpose.[8] NGO is an abbreviation or code for: Non-governmental organization Nagoya Airport (IATA code) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The World Congress of Families is an international meeting of pro-family organisations[1] that was first held in 1997 in Prague. ...

In the case of Muslim social conservatives, the World Congress of Families may be difficult to sustain as a forum for conservative Christian/Islamic co-belligerency, given increasing US-Iranian international tensions, the 2003 Iraq War and Israel-Palestine conflict, which means that foreign policy overshadows any shared social conservatism that might attract conservative interfaith co-operation. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Islam (Arabic:  ) is a monotheistic religion based upon the teachings of Muhammad, a 7th century Arab religious and political figure. ... For other uses of the term, see Iraq war (disambiguation) The 2003 invasion of Iraq (also called the 2nd or 3rd Persian Gulf War) began on March 20, 2003, when forces belonging primarily to the United States and the United Kingdom invaded Iraq without the explicit backing of the United... Israel and the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip are at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ...

Sectors of the Christian Right and Jewish Right, especially in North America, have united over the issue of Israeli statehood. To quote influential American Evangelical Christian Jerry Falwell, “I have always said that America’s Bible Belt is Israel’s safety net.”[9] Evangelical tourism remains an important aspect of the Israeli economy, and several North American Christian groups continue to provide strong support for Israeli militarism, a tendency called Christian Zionism. Jerry Lamon Falwell (born August 11, 1933) is a fundamentalist pastor and televangelist from the United States. ... The approximate extent of the Bible Belt, indicated in red A Bible Belt is an area in which socially conservative Christian Evangelical Protestantism is a dominant or pervasive part of the culture. ... for Christians who belong to Zionist denominations in southern Africa, see Zionist Churches Christian Zionism is a belief among some Christians that the return of the Jews to the Holy Land, and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, is in accordance with Biblical prophecy. ...

See also

Contrast: Christian left The term Christian Right is used by scholars and journalists, to refer to a spectrum of right-wing Christian political and social movements and organizations characterized by their strong support of conservative social and political values. ... Antifeminism refers to opposition to feminism. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Wahhabism (Arabic: الوهابية, Wahabism, Wahabbism) is a Sunni Islamic movement, named after Muhammad ibn Abd al Wahhab (1703–1792). ... Jesus Camp is a 2006 documentary about a charismatic Christian summer camp for children who spend their summers learning and practicing their prophetic gifts and being taught that they can take back America for Christ. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Evangelical left is a term used to describe those who are part of the Christian evangelical movement but who generally function on the left wing of that movement, either politically or theologically, or both. ... This article is about family values as a political concept. ... Judeo-Christian (or Judaeo-Christian) is a term used to describe the body of concepts and values which are thought to be held in common by Judaism and Christianity, and typically considered (sometimes along with classical Greco-Roman civilization) a fundamental basis for Western legal codes and moral values. ... The word evangelicalism usually refers to a broad collection of religious beliefs, practices, and traditions which are found among conservative Protestant Christians. ... In comparative religion, fundamentalism has come to refer to several different understandings of religious thought and practice, through literal interpretation of religious texts such as the Bible or the Quran and sometimes also anti-modernist movements in various religions. ... This article is on the political-religious concept of dominionism. ... See Dominion (disambiguation) for other meanings of the word Dominion. ... for Christians who belong to Zionist denominations in southern Africa, see Zionist Churches Christian Zionism is a belief among some Christians that the return of the Jews to the Holy Land, and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, is in accordance with Biblical prophecy. ... Formerly known as Repent UK, Christian Voice is a Christian fundamentalist organisation based in the United Kingdom which strives, through the basis of prayer and public campaigning, for national repentance. It is led by Stephen Green (a former Chairman of the Conservative Family Campaign), with Lord Ashbourne as its patron. ... Robert Grant was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. ... Marion Gordon Pat Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is a televangelist from the United States. ... The Christian Broadcasting Network, or CBN, is, as its name implies, a Christian television broadcasting network in the United States. ... The on-air personalities of The 700 Club The 700 Club is the flagship news talk show of the Christian Broadcasting Network, airing on cables ABC Family and in syndication throughout the United States and Canada. ... Focus on the Family (FOTF or FotF), founded in 1977, is a Christian non-profit organization based in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A lesbian is a woman who is romantically and sexually attracted only to other women. ... The Christian Left or Religious Left are terms used to describe those who hold a strong Christian belief and share left-wing, liberal, or socialist ideals. ...

External links


  1. ^ Linda Kintz and Julia Lesage, eds., Culture, Media, and the Religious Right. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  2. ^ [Martin, William. (1996). With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America. New York: Broadway Books.
  3. ^ Butler, Jennifer S. 2006. Born Again: The Christian Right Globalized. University of Michigan Press; London: Pluto Press.
  4. ^ Geroge Weigel, Politics Without God, Basic Books, 2005
  5. ^ Stanley Kurtz, [[1]
  6. ^ Jon Ward, "Liberals gather to plumb depths of Christian Right" (May 3, 2005 issue).
  7. ^ Green, John C., James L. Guth, Corwin E. Smidt, and Lyman A. Kellstedt. (1996). Religion and the Culture Wars: Dispatches from the Front. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield.
  8. ^ Butler, Jennifer S. 2006. Born Again: The Christian Right Globalized. London: Pluto Press.
  9. ^ Horowitz, Craig Israel's Christian Soldiers, New York Magazine, September 29, 2003.


  • Armstrong, Karen (2001). The Battle for God: A History of Fundamentalism. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-39169-1
  • Brasher, Brenda E. (2001). The Encyclopedia of Fundamentalism. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-92244-5
  • Diamond, Sara. 1995. Roads to Dominion: Right-Wing Movements and Political Power in the United States. New York: Guilford.
  • Horowitz, Craig. September 29, 2003. Israel's Christian Soldiers. New York: New York Magazine.
  • Marsden; George M. (1980). Fundamentalism and American Culture: The Shaping of Twentieth Century Evangelicalism, 1870-1925 Oxford University Press, ([2])
  • Marty, Martin E. and R. Scott Appleby (eds.). The Fundamentalism Project. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
    • (1991). Volume 1: Fundamentalisms Observed. ISBN 0-226-50878-1
    • (1993). Volume 2: Fundamentalisms and Society. ISBN 0-226-50880-3
    • (1993). Volume 3: Fundamentalisms and the State. ISBN 0-226-50883-8
    • (1994). Volume 4: Accounting for Fundamentalisms. ISBN 0-226-50885-4
    • (1995). Volume 5: Fundamentalisms Comprehended. ISBN 0-226-50887-0
  • Martin, William. (1996). With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America, New York: Broadway Books.
  • Ribuffo, Leo P. (1983). The Old Christian Right: The Protestant Far Right from the Great Depression to the Cold War. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Shapiro, Ben. Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth (ISBN 0-7852-6148-6), 2004.
  • Shapiro, Ben. Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future (ISBN 0-89526-016-6), Regnery, 2005.

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