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Red State ReligionFaith and Politics in America's Heartland$
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Robert Wuthnow

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150550

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150550.001.0001

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The Religious Right

The Religious Right

(p.267) Chapter 6 The Religious Right
Red State Religion

Robert Wuthnow

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the emergence of the Religious Right in Kansas. On May 31, 2009, Dr. George Tiller was murdered at the Reformation Lutheran Church in suburban Wichita. As one of the region's few providers of legal late-term abortions, Tiller had earned the ire of antiabortion activists. No issue brought churches as directly into the political arena during the late 1980s and 1990s as abortion. The Religious Right in Kansas gained national attention because of its role in encouraging the Kansas State Board of Education to approve science standards that downplayed the teaching of evolution. The decision raised questions such as: why Kansas was such a hotbed of religious conservatism; or why it mattered that independent evangelical Protestant churches were now on the same side of many issues as conservative Roman Catholics. The chapter explores the implications of the debate over evolution for Kansas religion and politics.

Keywords:   abortion, Religious Right, Kansas, George Tiller, evolution, conservatism, Protestant churches, Catholics, religion, politics

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