Moral Majority


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Moral Majority,

U.S. political action group composed of conservative, fundamentalist Christians. Founded (1979) and led (1979–87) by evangelist Rev. Jerry FalwellFalwell, Jerry Lamon
, 1933–2007, American fundamentalist Baptist pastor, b. Lynchburg, Va. A popular preacher and founder of the Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Falwell began (1968) airing his services on television on a program that was later named "The Old-Time
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, the group played a significant role in the 1980 elections through its strong support of conservative candidates. It lobbied for prayer and the teaching of creationismcreationism
or creation science,
belief in the biblical account of the creation of the world as described in Genesis, a characteristic especially of fundamentalist Protestantism (see fundamentalism). Advocates of creationism have campaigned to have it taught in U.S.
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 in public schools, while opposing the Equal Rights Amendment (see feminismfeminism,
movement for the political, social, and educational equality of women with men; the movement has occurred mainly in Europe and the United States. It has its roots in the humanism of the 18th cent. and in the Industrial Revolution.
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), homosexual rights, abortion, and the U.S.-Soviet SALT treaties (see disarmament, nucleardisarmament, nuclear,
the reduction and limitation of the various nuclear weapons in the military forces of the world's nations. The atomic bombs dropped (1945) on Japan by the United States in World War II demonstrated the overwhelming destructive potential of nuclear weapons
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). The Moral Majority was dissolved in 1989.
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Israel's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday that many Western nations opposed the motion or abstained, saying those results "demonstrate clearly that the resolution does not have the support of the moral majority" of the U.N..
In his political newsletter Moral Majority Report, Falwell wrote, "In itself, the political process is not 'dirty.' It has been corrupted by wicked, sinful men and by the neglect of God's people to be the moral conscience of our leaders." Christians, said Falwell, must fight "the spiritual war where Satan is active--in the political arena." (29) And in order for conservative Protestants to fight successfully in the political arena, they would have to cooperate with those whose theology differed from theirs.
After shuttering the Moral Majority, Falwell quickly became irrelevant.
1979: At 46, Falwell founds the Moral Majority a political lobbying group that would swell to 6.5 million members before disbanding in 1989.
Falwell founded in 1979 the Moral Majority, which mobilized people of faith to become politically active.
Though the truth is more nuanced, there is no doubt that ''values voters'' helped elect Bush, just as Falwell's Moral Majority helped Ronald Reagan's landslide victory in 1980.
And most aren't fond of the way the Moral Majority founder demonized gays, feminists, liberals, and others as he tried to increase the political clout of the religious right.
The founder of the Moral Majority was discovered without a pulse at Liberty University and pronounced dead at a hospital an hour later.
Published on the eve of the 1984 election, The Naked Public Square was an effort to analyze why the Moral Majority had frightened many Americans even as Reagan was resoundingly reelected.
As one anonymous Reagan administration official put it, "We want to keep the Moral Majority types so close to us they can't move their arms." (1) For religious conservatives, the Reagan era was time of photo opportunities, kind words, and little else.
But all is not lost, as in the same week the moral majority hit back, led by righteous Birmingham City fans.
I would venture a guess that the same conservative Catholics who have found their political soul with the Moral Majority and the Christian Coalition also are in conflict with the church's teachings on the death penalty, Imagine if their pastors informed them that they would no longer be able to receive the Eucharist if they voted for politicians who supported the death penalty.