If you missed today's Fresh Air on NPR -- listen here to Terry Gross' interview with Randall Balmer, author of God in the White House, discussing the origins of the Religious Right.
Was its ascendancy due to Roe v. Wade? A groundswell of Christian indignation over the eroding morals of our country? Oh, no. The "Moral Majority," it turns out, came together as a movement to support Bob Jones University in its racism when the government went after BJU to revoke its tax-exempt status because of its discrimination against people of color.
But you can listen to the interview.