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The Religious Right Is A Blight

Chuck Balwin

The Religious Right was born during the ineptitude of the Jimmy Carter presidency and came to maturity during the Bill Clinton years. It got old and feeble during the G.W. Bush years. And now under the Trump presidency, it is nothing but a rotting corpse. The Religious Right was created to be a cure, but it has become a blight. 

I was a young preacher back in the 1970s when the Religious Right (as it was dubbed by the media) was birthed. I had recently graduated from what is now the Willmington School of the Bible (named after my dean, teacher and friend, Dr. Harold Willmington—he was the main reason I transferred to the institute) at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. In fact, I was a member of Liberty’s first full graduation class in 1975. I knew the Falwell children, Jerry Jr., Jeannie and Jonathan, when they were kids. The school was small then; and the school president, Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr., and I became quite close.

Jerry spoke at my church in Florida several times, and he invited me to be the featured speaker at Liberty more than once. In 1979, Jerry asked me to be the executive director of the Florida Moral Majority, which I was happy to do. I traveled with Jerry several times on his private jet; he and I shared the platform together in several conferences; I was a featured guest on his nationally syndicated Old Time Gospel Hour television broadcast; and Jerry featured me in his national publication, the National Liberty Journal. I accompanied Jerry overseas twice, and we often spoke by phone.

During those years, I met most of the leaders of the Religious Right. I was there when Jerry led the Religious Right to endorse George H.W. Bush as Ronald Reagan’s running mate in 1980 (over the strong objections of a few of us). I was at the White House with Jerry on at least two occasions. I had audiences with President Reagan, Vice President Bush, several cabinet members, many U.S. senators, house members and governors. I was one of the young bucks in the room, but I was there.

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6 Responses to The Religious Right Is A Blight

  1. KOYOTE says:

    “Jerry spoke at my church in Florida several times,”
    WHAT AN ARROGANT SCHILL. ITS AS IF HE DIED HIMSELF FOR A CONGREGATION. WHAT AUTHORITY DO YOU HAVE TO CALL ANYTHING “YOUR CHURCH”?
    SHOULD HAVE READ,””.. SPOKE TO THE CONGREGATION I ATTENDED………..”
    In 1979, Jerry asked me to be the executive director of the Florida Moral Majority, which I was happy to do. I traveled with Jerry several times on his private jet; he and I shared the platform together in several conferences; I was a featured guest on his nationally syndicated Old Time Gospel Hour television broadcast; and Jerry featured me in his national publication, the National Liberty Journal. I accompanied Jerry overseas twice, and we often spoke by phone.

    During those years, I met most of the leaders of the Religious Right. I was there when Jerry led the Religious Right to endorse George H.W. Bush as Ronald Reagan’s running mate in 1980 (over the strong objections of a few of us). I was at the White House with Jerry on at least two occasions. I had audiences with President Reagan, Vice President Bush, several cabinet members, many U.S. senators, house members and governors. I was one of the young bucks in the room, but I was there.
    GOT IT MADE ….. AN EX JEWISH SCHILL. THESE WERE NOT THE “RELIGIOUS RIGHT,” HELL!!!
    THEY ARE ALL HEATHENS!!
    CHRISTIANS D O N O T YOKE THEMSELVES TO JEWS!!!!!!!!
    2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 

    THE “RELIGIOUS RIGHT”A,S THIS GUY CALLS THEM WERE THE ONES DEMANDING UNLAWFUL “TITHES” FROM YOUR TELEVISION SCREEN, AND PROMOTING A THIRD TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM!!
    CHRISTIANS?
    N O…..
    CONMEN??
    A L L…………….
    WAS HE PART OF IT?
    ADMITTEDLY……..
    RELIGIOUS “RIGHT”?
    HARDLY…….
    “JUDAIZERS”?
    YOU BETCHA…
    JUST ANOTHER SEMINARIAN SCHILL…………….
    NOT ONLY A HEATHEN ONE, BUT AN “EDUCATED” ONE AS WELL…..
    LIARS?
    EVERY SINGLE PEA PICKIN ONE OF EM……..

  2. KOYOTE says:

    The Religious Right was born during the ineptitude of the Jimmy Carter presidency.”
    NOT HARDLEY. THE “RELIGIOUS RIGHT” HAS ALWAYS BEEN JUDAIZERS THAT PRETEND THAT THEY ARE “MORE MORAL” THAN EVERYONE ELSE.
    IN CHRISTS’ TIME, THEY WERE CALLED ‘PHARASEES” AND “CHILDREN OF THE DEVIL”….. AND YOU FELL FOR IT…………..CHRISTS’ CHURCH HAS ALWAYS DEFINED THEM AS ‘JUDAIZERS” , LIARS, AND “HEATHENS”…………

  3. somethinghappeninghere says:

    While I agree with you often Mr. Baldwin I am not sure the Religious Right was created for any sort of blessing if you know what I mean. Now I realize you, too, Chuck (as well as myself and many others), was “caught up” (pun intended) in Christian Zionism back in the day, but even if that is true I never trusted Falwell. Why? Because as you now realize Mr. Baldwin politics and religion should never mix (did Jesus mix it? NO!) and even when I was CZ for a few years I never mixed politics and religion. I’ve known for many years politics and religion are a toxic brew. So, yes, the Religious Right is a Blight–but it ALWAYS WAS a blight! (If there is a religious left, it too, is a blight!)

    • galen says:

      I thought Christ did “mix it” when he upset the temple and turned the tables, and when he recommended the selling of one’s coat to purchase a sword?

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