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Monday, November 28, 2005

With God on Their Side

I'm currently reading an excellent and frightening book called, With God on Their Side: George W. Bush and the Christian Right, by Esther Kaplan. It's about the success of the Christian right and its influence on the Bush administration and its policies. AlterNet is running an interview with Kaplan about Supreme Court Justice nominee Samuel Alito.

What does this nomination mean to the Christian Right?

You cannot underestimate the extent to which the Christian Right feels like this is the culmination of their work. This is the moment they've been waiting for. Roe v. Wade was the single most important factor in the rise of the Christian Right as a social movement, and the brass ring has always been to stack the Supreme Court so they can overturn that decision. They have the Senate, they have the presidency. This really is their moment and they are going to pull out all the stops.

As Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council declared, they are "ready to rumble." But it's interesting to speculate, politically, do the Republicans really want Roe overturned? We forget that the majority of Republicans are pro-choice, as are the majority of Americans. It's always been convenient for the Republican Party to posture as pro-life and trust that the Supreme Court will uphold Roe, but that could change now, with major political consequences.


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