Today on NPR, Terri Gross and Fresh Air.
With her guest, Randall Balmer, touting his new book, God in the White House.
I always believed (like I'm sure most people had) that the conservative, rabid Evangelical Right had congealed as a political entity under the unifying banner of Pro-Life, post Roe v. Wade era.
But according to this guy, this frightening mass came into being over disputes regarding segregation and taxes -- in the 70's , the IRS said no tax-exempt status for organizations that discriminated individuals based on race or creed (think Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.).
Translation: the IRS said no money back because they weren't being charitable.
Huh! Go figure, a powerful religious movement born out of greed and bigotry.
Why doesn't that surprise me, but continue to disturb me.