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 schools that discriminated against blacks.
He recalled that someone suggested that they had the makings of a broader political movement—something that Weyrich had been pushing for all along—and asked what other issues they might address.
Several callers made suggestions, and then, according to Weyrich, a voice on the end of one of the lines said, "How about abortion?
The following year, the IRS sought to penalize Bob Jones University for refusing to allow interracial dating.
During this time, Weyrich organized a campaign to defend the University and alleged that various social issues that were deemed immoral by various religious conservatives justified the need to end federal intervention in religious schools.
Let's remember, he said animatedly, that the Religious Right did not come together in response to the Roe decision.
No, Weyrich insisted, what got us going as a political movement was the attempt on the part of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to rescind the tax-exempt status of Bob Jones University because of its racially discriminatory policies. Simon case, the US Supreme Court further enforced the Green decision and ruled that the IRS could penalize the University for enforcing segregation policies.It was long believed that the Supreme Court's decision to make abortion a Constitution-protected right in the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling was the driving force behind the New Christian Right Movement's rise in the 1970s.Despite the large grassroots campaigns that were organized by the movement to protest the Roe decision, comments made by senior figures, including the movement's chief architect Paul Weyrich, have suggested that the New Christian Right Movement's rise was not centered around the issue of abortion, but rather Bob Jones University's refusal to comply with the Supreme Court's 1971 Green v." And that is how abortion was cobbled into the political agenda of the Religious Right.Ballmer also pointed out a 2014 Politico article that in 1968, a symposium sponsored by the Christian Medical Society and Christianity Today, which was the flagship magazine evangelicals at the time, encouraged "individual health, family welfare, and social responsibility" as justifications for abortion and that in 1971, delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention in St.As well as high voter turnout, they can be counted on to attend political events, knock on doors and distribute literature.