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 Ronald Reagan: Making America God's Shining City on a Hill

Gary Scott Smith

in Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195300604
eISBN:
9780199785285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300604.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Ronald Reagan’s religious convictions were crucial to his understanding of the world and performance as president, but few scholars have provided substantive analysis of his faith and its impact on ... More


 John F. Kennedy: The First Catholic President

Gary Scott Smith

in Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195300604
eISBN:
9780199785285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300604.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Like Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy attended church regularly while president and used religious rhetoric extensively in his speeches, especially in discussing his campaign for world peace. Eisenhower, ... More


God and Country during the Kennedy Presidency

Daniel K. Williams

in God's Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195340846
eISBN:
9780199867141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340846.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The failure of conservative Protestants to prevent a Catholic, John F. Kennedy, from becoming president made them realize that they were political outsiders who were losing their battle for a ... More


School Prayer

Alison Gash and Angelo Gonzales

in Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195329414
eISBN:
9780199851720
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329414.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

In the aggregate, public opinion has remained solidly against the Court's landmark decisions declaring school prayer unconstitutional. The public has been and continues to be highly supportive of a ... More


Reagan

Daniel K. Williams

in God's Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195340846
eISBN:
9780199867141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340846.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

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 ... More


Sex, God, and the American Flag: Tradition and Change in Moral Values

June Melby Benowitz

in Challenge and Change: Right-Wing Women, Grassroots Activism, and the Baby Boom Generation

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813061221
eISBN:
9780813051437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813061221.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter looks at moral issues that attracted the attention of right-wing women during the 1950s to early 1970s. The women actively campaigned against sex education in schools, while pushing for ... More


 Morality Politics

David Domke and Kevin Coe

in The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195326413
eISBN:
9780199870431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326413.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on the fourth and final religious signal: engaging in morality politics. Morality politics is an approach that elevates political issues into symbolic, moral battles. The ... More


The School Prayer Cases

Steven K. Green

in The Third Disestablishment: Church, State, and American Culture, 1940-1975

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190908140
eISBN:
9780190908171
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190908140.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the background to and the holdings in the two seminal cases involving prayer and Bible reading in the public schools: Engel v. Vitale and Abington Township v. Schempp. It ... More


Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy

Nathaniel Persily, Jack Citrin, and Patrick J. Egan (eds)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195329414
eISBN:
9780199851720
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329414.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

American politics is most notably characterized by the heated debates on constitutional interpretation at the core of its ever-raging culture wars, and the coverage of these lingering disputes is ... More


With God on Our Side: Moral and Religious Issues, Southern Culture, and Republican Realignment in the South

Frederick V. Slocum

in Painting Dixie Red: When, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813036847
eISBN:
9780813043999
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813036847.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter provides an in-depth examination of how religion has acted as an extremely conservative device in the South, helping push the region from fealty to the Democratic Party to the GOP. It ... More


The Establishment Clause: In Defense of Separating Church and State

Howard Gillman and Erwin Chemerinsky

in The Religion Clauses: The Case for Separating Church and State

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780190699734
eISBN:
9780197523810
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190699734.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

Over the last few decades, there have been three competing views of the meaning of the Establishment Clause held by members of the Supreme Court. One, favored by the liberal justices, is that the ... More


Our Father

Neil J. Young

in We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199738984
eISBN:
9780190262341
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738984.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

With two court cases in 1962 and 1963, Engel v. Vitale and Abington School District v. Schempp, the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional school prayer and Bible reading in the nation’s public ... More


The Promised Land?

Neil J. Young

in We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199738984
eISBN:
9780190262341
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738984.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

With Ronald Reagan in the White House, religious conservatives expected the president to deliver on his promises regarding abortion, school prayer, and other cherished causes. But the White House did ... More


Education

Rex Ahdar and Ian Leigh

in Religious Freedom in the Liberal State

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199606474
eISBN:
9780191744259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606474.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter discusses the protection of religious freedom in education, in both state and private schooling. As an important aspect of human societies, education about religion obviously features in ... More


The Birth of Modern Homeschooling

James G. Dwyer and Shawn F. Peters

in Homeschooling: The History and Philosophy of a Controversial Practice

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780226627113
eISBN:
9780226627397
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226627397.003.0003
Subject:
Education, Philosophy and Theory of Education

For the past century, the overwhelming majority of American children have been educated outside of their homes in public or private “regular” school—state-accredited institutions staffed by educators ... More


First Amendment, Abortion Rights, Employment Discrimination, and School Desegregation Litigation Runs Its Course, 1992–2000

James M. Denham

in Fifty Years of Justice: A History of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780813060491
eISBN:
9780813050638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060491.003.0014
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter focuses on cases involving First Amendment, abortion rights, and employment discrimination cases that came before the Middle District of Florida from 1992 to 2000. School prayer is ... More


George H. W. Bush: “One Nation under God”

Gary Scott Smith

in Religion in the Oval Office: The Religious Lives of American Presidents

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199391394
eISBN:
9780199391424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391394.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Religion

George H. W. Bush was raised in a devout Episcopalian family and remained affiliated with this denomination for almost all his life. However, Bush’s theology and social policies had more in common ... More


The Truth about Conservative Christians: What They Think and What They Believe

Andrew M. Greeley and Michael Hout

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226306629
eISBN:
9780226306759
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226306759.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Ever since the reelection of President Bush, Conservative Christians have been stereotyped in the popular media: Bible-thumping militants and anti-intellectual zealots determined to impose their ... More


“The Voice of Free Enterprise”: A Conservative Commentator and News Director

Bryan Hardin Thrift

in Conservative Bias: How Jesse Helms Pioneered the Rise of Right-Wing Media and Realigned the Republican Party

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780813049311
eISBN:
9780813050133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049311.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

As WRAL-TV’s vice president for programming, news, and public affairs, Helms’s intentions were twofold. First, he wanted WRAL-TV to establish a conservative alternative in order to win converts to ... More


Epilogue: Mainstreaming the Fringe

Bryan Hardin Thrift

in Conservative Bias: How Jesse Helms Pioneered the Rise of Right-Wing Media and Realigned the Republican Party

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780813049311
eISBN:
9780813050133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049311.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This epilogue considers Helms’s place in the conservative movement and the rise of the New Right during the 1970s and President Ronald Reagan’s first term. Mastering the chamber’s complex rules, he ... More


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