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Why is religion in politics so important today?

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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2008

Berlinerblau says the simple answer is the resurgence of the Christian Right post-Roe v. Wade. This very well organized, astonishingly dynamic and industrious Christian evangelicalism has created something rather new. There is an organized mass constituency that wants to reassert values into society. Jackson counters that the Christian Right is not as organized as he thinks, and that the real key to organization is shared values, not good leadership. Lynn says he shares much of Jackson's faith, but what scares him is how the Christian Right wants to control every minute of life from conception to death, and everything in between. Religious freedom of conscience is not allowed by the Christian Right unless one shares their reading of Scripture. Jackson says the Biblical anchor to questions of life is very clear. Colson adds that Christians don't want to control life from conception to death, but they want to give people the right to live from conception to death. Lynn concludes by saying the Bible doesn't mention abortion and has a varying set of principles about when life can be taken. He does not say Christians cannot talk about policy, but policymakers must use secular reasons to justify their policies.

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