The genesis of this thread is a reply I made in the thread regarding Specter changing parties...
The original post was constrained by looking at those issues/positions of the Religious Right (RR) as regard specifically to the bedroom. If I were to drop that constraint and look at a broader range of issues, I would add the following:
6. Opposes the legalization of drugs
7. Opposes abortion, including many forms of birth control that it regards as equivalent to abortion
8. Supports the teaching of creationism (in some form) in science classes as an "alternative" to evolution
What is important to note about all of these issues is that the RR supports or opposes based primarily upon moral grounds derived directly from their religion.
All of this leads me to a series of questions as follows:
1. Does the Religious Right even exist as a cohesive political and social force in this country?
2. Are the above eight points a fair and accurate portrayal of the RR and their position on issues?
3. Has the RR taken the Republican Party to the right over the last 28 years? If so, has this broadened support for the Republicans or shrank it?
4. Would the RR like to see a government that enforced its religious/moral beliefs, even at a cost to personal freedoms? Note that I'm not speaking of turning the government into a theocracy, but rather of returning to a (mythical) time in the past whereat the policies of the government were more in tune with the teachings of the scripture.