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Movement Politics (Pt 2): Rise & (Ostensible) Fall of Religious Conservatives

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The "Movement Politics" series explore the various social movements, political forces, and coalitions that aim to bring about certain political changes, reforms or outcomes in furtherance of advancing a particular ideology. The "Movement Politics" series are purely intended to be for discussion purposes only, as the NYCPF does not endorse or advocate on behalf of any groups or organizations.

Our aim is to explore these movements or groups, in depth, without the veneer of hyperpartisan rhetoric -- thus, the discussions will be based on factual evidence, coupled with sound, logical reasoning and persuasion with the highest level of intellectual rigor.

Other discussions in the series include:

Part One -- "The "Alt-Right"­ and the "Regressive Left (http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/233692074/)"

http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/233692074/

Part Three -- Black Lives Matter and the Tea Party (http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/221141584/)

http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/221141584/

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Once upon a time, in not too distant past, the Evangelical base of the Conservative Movement played a crucial role in electoral politics and the shaping of the domestic policies. Politicians seized on this opportunity to drive a "wedge" on hot-button social issues -- such as abortion and same-sex marriage -- to garner support among the base voters. They trumpeted their stances under a rubric of "Family Values" and the "Moral Majority" -- both concepts that have now all but disappeared from the contemporary political lexicon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWPJyV14F54

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPS0iVhk510

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YtyUXnBhXU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMiP9zfqlTI

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These days, the traditional "wedge issues" no longer appear to be as contentious as they once did. Furthermore, the influence of the Evangelical base appears to have waned, especially in this Election Cycle. Yet, the Evangelicals still play an important role during the Republican Primary cycle, as exemplified in the below footage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TthhM3gL3ZM

The timing is now ripe to further explore this subject matter. We'll discuss the following topics:

• The historic factors that gave rise to the Christian Right in the modern political era.

• Did the Left prevail on the "culture wars" of the yesteryear?

• Is our Society becoming more secular?

• Should the old notion of "The Separation of Church and State" will have more resonance?

• What will the next round of the "culture war" look like?

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