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Chapter 67

SOCIOL 3U03 Chapter Notes - Chapter 67: Jerry Falwell, Equal Rights Amendment, Moral Majority

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Tina Fetner

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Chapter 67: The Pro-Family Movement
Pro-Family Movement (The Religious Right) began in the 1970s and has a
conservative political agenda and a (primarily evangelical) Christian identity
Their religious perspective informs their political goals, such as legalizing prayer
in school and criminalizing abortion
Pro-family activists advocate ending medical research that uses stem cells, and
eliminating some topics from being discussed in schools
This movement is big in the US, where is was born
From the 1930-1960s, evangelical Christians were interested in withdrawing from
politics itself/immoral secular influences
Wanted to build alternative social networks, religious and educational institutes as
a shield from the cultural differences of the outside world
Parts of school curriculum were contentious to this group, even before the
introduction of sex ed.
Ie. The teaching of evolution
Retreated from the outside world and built private independent schools, libraries,
etc that supported their ideologies
Two important grass root movements proceeded the pro-family movement and
influenced it
1. Phyllis Schlafly’s fightagainst the Equal Rights Amendment of the early 1970s
2. Anita Bryants fight against Gay Rights in the late 1970s
Both of these movements were successful in their legislative goals
Jerry Falwell founded the Moral Majority (Pro-Family) in 1979, with the plan to
integrate mainstream evangelical Christian agenda into mainstream party politics
The Moral Majority’s voter registration drives signed up both unsatisfied
Christian democrats and non-voters to the Republican Party
In the 1990s, the relationship between conservative activist Christians and the
Republican party grew stronger
President George W. Bush was support by the pro-family movement, as a born
again Christian, leading to his election
Many of the items on the pro-family movements agenda has to do with restricting
sexuality and reversing some of the changes in sexual norms over the last several
Want to limit sexual freedoms and censor sexual informationespecially from
young people
Advocate boycotts of particular shows and songs considered offensive (also
encourage businesses to refuse to sell these offensive material)
Some pro-family activism has shut down local adult film stores, and created local
zoning laws that limit where these stores can be opened
It has become difficult to do this with more people turning to the internet to find
pornmovement is now trying to censor internet porn through federal legislation
1. Have argued for abstinence-only education instead of arguing against sex ed in
general like they did in the past
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