The struggle to define America, often referred to as the “Culture Wars,” continues today as it has since before the nation’s founding. Throughout our history, conservative Christians have been the primary opposition to every single advance in equal rights and equal justice. In each battle – over slavery, women’s suffrage, segregation and Jim Crow laws, and so on – once public opinion has turned completely in favor of progress, it is conveniently forgotten where that opposition came from. And the same arguments, based on tradition and religious beliefs, are then recycled in the next battle.
If we are to define America by its loftiest ideals as a nation where everyone is given equal protection rather than one defined by Christian privilege to assert dominance over everyone else, it will only be because we have managed to limit the influence of the Christian right over legislatures and the courts.