Evangelicals, Race and Abortion

It’s surprising how quickly we forget (although admittedly I was pretty damn young in 1971).

In 1971, two years before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, the biggest white evangelical group in America, the Southern Baptist Convention, supported its legalization. The group continued that support through much of the 1970s. And the late Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority, did not give his first antiabortion speech until 1978, five years after Roe

Though opposition to abortion is what many think fueled the powerful conservative white evangelical right, 81 percent of whom voted for Donald Trump, it was really school integration, according to Randall Balmer, chairman of the religion department at Dartmouth. The US Supreme Court ruled public school segregation unconstitutional in 1954. In 1976 it ruled against segregated private schools. Then courts went after the tax exemptions of these private all-white Southern schools, or so-called segregation academies, like Falwell’s Liberty Christian Academy.

 

Race, not abortion, was the founding issue of the religious right – The Boston Globe

Race, not abortion, was the founding issue of the religious right – The Boston Globe

Nothing lit a fire like the federal government’s threat to all-white schools.

Source: www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/02/05/race-not-abortion-was-founding-issue-religious-right/A5rnmClvuAU7EaThaNLAnK/story.html?event=event25

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0 Responses to Evangelicals, Race and Abortion

  1. Another thing I thought was, and am discovering was not, common knowledge.

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  2. Cindy Brown says:

    I think a lot of people look at this from the rise of the moral majority during the 90s instead. I was way too young in the 70’s to have known of this, especially in areas where segregation involved far more mexican than black children

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  3. True. I also think there’s some active disinformation going on.

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