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By Frederick Stecker

Within the Podium, the Pulpit, and the Republicans: How Presidential applicants Use spiritual Language in American Political Debate, a veteran minister analyzes the spiritual metaphors Republicans use on the podium and alleges that the social gathering intentionally employs blaming strategies, worry metaphors, and coded references to apocalyptic judgment to sway unsure voters.Over the prior forty years, Frederick Stecker fees, the Republican occasion has created worry for political expediency. Stecker's e-book strains the improvement of the Republican rhetoric of polarization and applies the linguistics-based "nation-as-a-family" political typology of George Lakoff to an research of the presidential debates of 2000, 2004, and 2008. He demonstrates how Republican applicants pick out their language and metaphors to sign adherence to inflexible trust structures and straightforward, black-and-white offerings in household and overseas coverage.

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In 1990, Randall Balmer, author of Thy Kingdom Come, attended a conference sponsored by the Ethics and Public Policy Center, an organization of the religious right, and recollected a talk in which Weyrich admonished his audience: Let’s remember, [Weyrich] . . said animatedly, that the religious right did not come together in response to the Roe decision. No, [he] . . insisted, what got us going as a political movement was the attempt on the part of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to rescind the tax-exempt status of Bob Jones University.

While Bob Jones University had allowed married African Americans to enroll as students since 1975, it prohibited admission of unmarried African Americans to its student body. In 1975, the school changed its policy regarding the admission of unmarried African Americans, but denied their applications if they advocated or practiced interracial dating. The court ruled in an 8–1 decision against the university. Justice Lewis Powell (appointed by Nixon to the Supreme Court in 1971) presented a concurring opinion (1983), alongside that of Chief Justice Warren Berger, in which he expressed doubt that all the 106,000 organizations covered under the 501 (c) (3) provisions were [quoting the tax code] in “harmony with the public interest ” or were “beneficial and stabilizing influences in community life, ” because some of those institutions were, from time to time, at odds with the position of government.

William Calley for his role in the massacre at My Lai; and the publication of “The Pentagon Papers” by The New York Times. Conservatives were appalled by the lack of student civility and worried about the survival of what they considered the American way of life. Other events affected the conservatives and confirmed their perception of a changing nation. A spirit of populism swept the country alongside the cultural challenges presented by the youth. A counter-corporate movement spread as Americans wanted public accountability for corrupt private business practices.

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