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Although evangelicals constitute the core constituency of the Christian right, not all evangelicals fit the description.
The problem of description is further complicated by the fact that religious conservative may refer to other groups.
Later, it re-emerged, better organized and more focused, taking firm positions against abortion, pornography, sexual deviancy, and feminism.
During the presidency of Donald Trump, the Christian Right has largely shifted positions on issues of sexual morality, arguing that the personal sexual lives of politicians are not the business of the people. Green of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life states that Jerry Falwell used the label religious right to describe himself.
The Christian right champions itself as the "self-appointed conscience of American society".
The phrase 'socially conservative evangelicals' is not very exciting, but that's certainly the way to do it." Evangelical leaders like Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council have called attention to the problem of equating the term "Christian right" with evangelicals.
The contemporary Christian right organized in reaction to a series of United States Supreme Court decisions, most notably Bob Jones University v. United States, which challenged the tax-exempt status of religious schools that were racially segregated.
It has also engaged in battles over pornography, obscenity, abortion, state sanctioned prayer in public schools, textbook contents (concerning creationism), homosexuality, and sexual education.
During the following break in the conference proceedings, I cornered Weyrich to make sure I had heard him correctly.
He was adamant that, yes, the 1975 action by the IRS against Bob Jones University was responsible for the genesis of the Religious Right in the late 1970s. After mobilizing to defend Bob Jones University and its racially discriminatory policies, Weyrich said, these evangelical leaders held a conference call to discuss strategy.