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The Moral Majority

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“We will see a breakdown of the family and family values if we decide to approve same-sex marriage, and if we decide to establish homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle with all the benefits that go with equating it with the heterosexual lifestyle,” Jerry Falwell, a leading member of the Moral Majority, made this statement in reference to his views on the moral decline of America in the 1970s. His beliefs, along with other Americans’ beliefs, became the foundation of what is known as the New Right. The New Right was a network of political activists and organizations that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s, and it emphasized cultural issues such as abortion, feminism, and prayer in school. Three events can be associated with the rise of the New Right: the campaign of Goldwater in the election of 1964, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) approval along with the Roe v. Wade decision, and the influence of “televangelists.” Each of…show more content…
The Moral Majority was founded by Reverend Jerry Falwell in 1979. As an evangelical minister and founder of Liberty University, he fully supported the beliefs and conservative ideals of the New Right. Falwell was one of many evangelists who ushered the New Right into the 1980s and paved the way for a new order in American politics. The Moral Majority was reaching audiences that were unheard of in the decades prior to the 1980s. This was an effect of “televangelists,” or evangelical preachers who appeared regularly on television to preach their beliefs. By broadcasting over radio, direct-mail marketing, and cable TV, “televangelists” were able to reach millions of American voters. They constantly advocated for the New Right’s conservative causes. The “televangelists” were one of the most important causes to the rise of the New Right into the American political system of the
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