The Cultural Right Is Here to Stay

The day after the 1992 election was supposed to be the first day of life without the religious right. George Bush had kept faith with cultural conservatives on abortion and turned his nominating convention over to their spokesmen. Evangelical Protestants stuck with him on Election Day, but hardly anyone else did. Americans had finally, as Voltaire might have put it, crushed the infamy. The political theologians and theological politicians of the late unlamented '80s were no more. We were all philosophes now.

So why has the right refused to go away? In Oregon, members of Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition continue to...

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