AHA News |  

Why the Opposition to the Religious Right Failed

A new movement offers a new strategy

As a humanist I don’t like saying this, but it’s true: By any objective standard, the religious right has been an enormous success. Since Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority first came on the scene in 1979, politically engaged conservative Christians have steadily become more influential, and this has shifted the landscape of American public policy.

A list of all the areas affected by the religious right would be lengthy: politics (with candidates not only proudly rejecting evolution, but even holding prayer rallies to launch their campaigns); reproductive rights (where the debate is no longer just about abortion, but birth control); respect for women (with politicians saying “legitimate rape" does not cause pregnancy); education policy (with history books being rewritten to conform to a conservative Christian narrative, and anti-science activists fighting the teaching of evolution); and numerous other areas. Three decades ago much of this would have been unthinkable, and the fact that it’s happening today is evidence of the success of the religious right.

But if the religious right has succeeded, by definition that means its opposition has failed. As I point out in my new book, Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans, all those who seek rational public policy in America – and that includes religious believers and nonbelievers – should spend some time considering why the opposition to the religious right has failed.

To read the rest of the Psychology Today article by AHA President David Niose, click here.

American Humanist Association

What would you say if your child wanted to believe in God but you don't? Ethical...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

The 2014 year is coming to an end and theHumanist.com has compiled a list of the...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Tis the season to be a heathen! Check out great freethought merchandise at Evolv...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Five stars for Fighting Back the Right, the new book from AHA's David Niose, fro...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

Many humanists celebrate Human Light or the Winter Solstice around this time of...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

A South Carolina school district has agreed to stop sponsoring religious fundrai...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

This week on the Humanist Hour Podcast, James Croft discusses the complex issues...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

We're happy to welcome a new chapter, Freethought Fort Wayne, to the American Hu...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

"It’s not just about the freedom to enjoy marijuana anymore...This is about the...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

There's only a few holiday shopping days left: Buy your favorite freethinker a g...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Bill Nye, our favorite science guy, explains evolution by using emoji..."emojica...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Out today! Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Congratulations to the Las Vegas Coalition of Reason on the occasion of their of...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

The Humanist Service Corps has volunteer positions open beginning in summer 2015...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

In a response to a letter sent by the AHA, today we are pleased to report that t...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Most Americans say they accept Christian displays on public property, regardless...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

UBER car service has been getting in to some trouble lately, but will that stop...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

A date for history, as today marks the anniversary of the ratification of the U....

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

One more day! Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Rea...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

It's almost here! Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy some comics!

9 days ago