How influential were the Religious Right 1981-1992?

Who were the religious right?
The Religious Right were a large group of right-wing voters who opposed the many social changes of the 1960s and 1970s.
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What did the Religious Right campaign againt?
Abortion, homosexuality and the use of drugs
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Why was Reagan the perfect candidate for the Religious Right?
He emphasises traditional family values and despised the permissive society. He opposed feminism and the ERA
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Where did Reagan believe that the solution of America's problems could be found?
In the Bible
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He was a great advocator of the nuclear family, however...
He was divorced and had a troubled relationship with 2 out of his 4 children
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Why was Reagan unsuccessful with banning abortion?
He was unable to persuade the necessary two-thirds of Congress to agree with him
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What was the Family Protection Act and was it passed?
No, Reagan failed to pass this act which aimed to bring back traditional family values and gender roles
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How did Reagan 'reaganise' the judiciary?
He successfully nominated 400 Conservative judges and and by the end of his presidency, 50 per cent of the judiciary had been appointed by Reagan - it was a successful strategy
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Did the Religious Right believe in a woman's right to abort?
No, and they were determined to overturn Roe v. Wade which granted women this right
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How did the Religious Right fight against abortion?
Through emotive language and slogans, the Religious Right fought against the 'murder' of unborn infants and claimed to be protecting lives
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How divisive was the topic of abortion?
It pressured even moderate Republicans to oppose abortion to win votes. For example, George H.W. was pro choice like his wife, but felt the need to change his stance to win over conservative Republicans
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Give an example of the federal government acting in favour of the Religious Right?
Reagan's conservative judicial appointments meant that in Webster v Reproductive Services of Missouri, women were denied access to public abortion facilities
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Was Webster v Reproductive Services of Missouri successful?
The Religious Right did hope that many states would follow in the same footsteps as Missouri, however only 3 states did so
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What are 'chastity clinics' and how did Reagan take advantage of them?
Chastity clinics are clinics which advise and encourage women to avoid having sex. Reagan increased funding for them after persuading Congress to do so
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How did Reagan disappoint the Religious Right with regards to abortion?
He appointed Sandra Day O'Connor to the Supreme Court who was sympathetic towards women in need of abortions
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Who did the campaign against homosexuality appeal to?
Both Catholics and Protestants
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What was Reagan's stance on the LGBT movement?
He was not willing to support the LGBT movement or to acknowledge their civil rights
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Which Reagan quote proves his opposition to the LGBT movement?
'My criticism is that [the gay movement] isn't just asking for civil rights; it's asking for recognition and acceptance of an alternative lifestyle which I do not believe society can condone, nor can I'
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What fuelled the Religious Right's opposition to homosexuality?
The rise of AIDS in the early 1980s - a higher proportion of gay men was subject to the condition
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What did the Religious Right believe with regards to AIDS?
AIDS was sent by God as a punishment for homosexuality
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Who was Pat Robertson?
A leading campaigner who promoted traditional values through his Christian news and television program, the 700 Club
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How did Pat Robertson fight against homosexuality?
In 1989, the Christian Coalition was established and the campaign reached the Supreme Court when it upheld a Georgie law that criminalised ****** (anal intercourse)
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What was Nancy Reagan's Just Say No campaign?
Aimed to discourage children and young people from becoming involved with drugs
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What did America believe was replacing the Cold War?
The drug war
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What was the First Ladies Conference on Drug Abuse?
In April 1985, Nancy Reagan invited the wives of world leaders to attend the White House and was joined by 18 wives of world leaders
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What did Nancy Reagan's Just Say No campaign include?
The First Lady travelled 250,000 miles and visited 65 cities in 33 states
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What was the Drug-Free Workplace Act?
Congress passed this act aiming to increase regulation on the issue by declaring the universities and contractors that received federal funding must maintain a drug-free workplace
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How much was spent on drug laws enforcement in 1990?
Over $10 billion
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How many Americans continued to violate drugs laws?
750,000
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