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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32) In an early promotional brochure, the Moral Majority described its philosophy as "pro-life, pro-family, pro-moral, and pro-America.
After shuttering the Moral Majority, Falwell quickly became irrelevant.
Driven into politics by the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that established the right to an abortion, Falwell founded the Moral Majority in 1979.
Rall recalled that he received the first really strong reaction to his work in 1980, when an Ohio newspaper published his cartoon criticizing the Moral Majority.
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.
But all is not lost, as in the same week the moral majority hit back, led by righteous Birmingham City fans.
It inspires backward slogans like ``activist judiciary, liberal media, mission accomplished, Moral Majority, jackpot justice,'' ad nauseam.
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.
Rather than invest primarily in the Republican Party, the New Right backed the Moral Majority, galvanizing the emerging right-wing evangelical movement under the leadership of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and others to preach family values and opposition to abortion.
The organization, which has about 80,000 members worldwide and recruits from the academic and political fields, has been described as the Catholic version of the Moral Majority.
Alongside Lieberman, testimonials come from stars of the Christian Right, including convicted Watergate felon Charles Colson, Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson, and Moral Majority head Jerry Falwell.