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20 Leading Figures of the Religious Right (and How They Got There)
There is the right and then there is the religious right. The latter describes the many individuals and their organizations who make up the more Biblically driven faction of Conservative politics in the United States. While some of these individuals, such as Mike Pence and Ted Cruz, are household names, others are more influential through their media empires or lobby groups. While some are highly respected by mainstream Republicans, others are far more controversial. But one thing they all have in common is their influence, and these are the 30 leading figures of the religious right.
Michele Bachmann hit the national political stage when she threw her hat into the ring for president during the 2012 election. Before the primaries, Bachmann was best known as the first Republican congresswoman to serve the state of Minnesota. Today, the married mother of five remains in the political spotlight as an advocate for the pro-life movement and often appears in Conservative media to discuss her beliefs.
David Barton has made a name for himself as an author and evangelical Christian political activist. Born and raised in Texas, Barton spent years as a high school teacher and principal. He then formed Specialty Research Associates, Inc., a company that claims to “focus on the historical research of issues relating to America’s constitutional, moral, and religious heritage.” Still, Barton has been criticized for rejecting the widely held view that the U.S. Constitution advocates the separation of church and state. Despite being highly controversial, Barton remains influential. He is the founder of WallBuilders, LLC, and was a vocal supporter of Ted Cruz during the 2016 presidential election.
Glen Beck is easily one of the best-known names amongst Conservatives and those on the religious right. Beck got his start in radio, bouncing from station to station before The Glenn Beck Program landed a spot on Premiere Radio Networks and gained 6.5 million listeners to become the 4th most successful radio show in the nation. Beck transitioned to television, hosting an hourly segment on CNN before getting his show on Fox News. Since leaving Fox to found and run Mercury Radio Arts and TheBlaze, Beck continues to host extremely popular radio and television shows, and has written a whopping six New York Times bestsellers.
Leo Brent Bozell III
Leo Brent Bozell III got his start campaigning for Conservative politicians through the National Conservative Political Action Committee, but has since found his niche in the media industry. A nephew of Conservative icon William F. Buckley, Jr., Bozell is a board member of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. He is the founder of the Media Research Center, CNSNews.com, and the censorship advocacy group Parents Television Council. An avid writer, Bozell has a nationally syndicated column which appears in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and National Review, among others.
After graduating from Princeton University, Ted Cruz jumped right into politics, serving in such appointee positions as Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, Domestic Policy Advisor to George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign, and Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Justice Department. Today, the married father of two represents the people of Texas in the U. S. Senate and was one of the leading candidates for the Republican nomination during the 2016 presidential election.
James “Jim” Dobson consistently ranks as one of the most influential Conservative Christians in American politics. Educated at both Point Loma Nazarene University and the University of Southern California, Dobson founded Focus on the Family in 1977 and the Family Research Council in 1981. Though Focus on the Family continues to thrive, Dobson left the organization in 2003. In 2010 he launched the non-profit Family Talk. In addition to his political activism and his work with Family Talk, Dobson has authored dozens of books on marriage, parenting, and other family matters.
Jerry Falwell, Jr.
Though he has proven to be incredibly controversial amongst even those who describe themselves as Conservative Christians, there’s no denying Jerry Falwell, Jr. is a leading figure of the religious right. In 2007, Falwell took over the role of president of Liberty University from his father, the equally controversial Jerry Falwell, Sr. Since then, Falwell has dabbled in national politics. He endorsed Donald Trump for president. While he turned down the position of U.S. Secretary of Education, he was appointed to chair a task force on reforms for the Department of Education….
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