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God's Own PartyThe Making of the Christian Right$
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Daniel Williams

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340846.001.0001

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(p.187) Nine Reagan
God's Own Party

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Ronald Reagan gave the Christian Right rhetorical support during his presidential campaigns and time in office, and he invited evangelical leaders such as Jerry Falwell and James Dobson to the White House, but he was unable to give the movement the legislation on school prayer and abortion that it wanted. The attention that Reagan gave the Christian Right increased the movement’s influence and solidified its ties to the Republican Party, but their lack of substantive legislative gains frustrated evangelical leaders. Christian Right leaders such as Falwell never wavered in their admiration for Reagan, and they supported his defense and fiscal policies, but they also wanted a leader who could deliver on their signature issues. By the end of Reagan’s presidency, the Christian Right had become more vocal in its opposition to abortion, more militant in its politics, and more determined than ever to recapture the country.

Keywords:   abortion, Christian right, Falwell, James Dobson, Reagan, Republican party, school prayer

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