Christian right

The Christian right, or the religious right, are Christian political factions that are characterized by their strong support of socially conservative policies. Christian conservatives seek to influence politics and public policy with their interpretation of the teachings of Christianity.[1]

In the United States, the Christian right is an informal coalition formed around a core of conservative evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics.[2][3][4] The Christian right draws additional support from politically conservative mainline Protestants and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.[2][5] The movement has its roots in American politics going back as far as the 1940s; it has been especially influential since the 1970s.[6][7] Its influence draws from grassroots activism as well as from focus on social issues and the ability to motivate the electorate around those issues.[8]

The Christian right is notable for advancing socially conservative positions on issues including school prayer, intelligent design, embryonic stem cell research,[9] homosexuality,[10] temperance,[11] euthanasia, contraception, Christian nationalism,[12] Sunday Sabbatarianism,[13] sex education, abortion,[14] and pornography.[15] Although the term Christian right is most commonly associated with politics in the United States, similar Christian conservative groups can be found in the political cultures of other Christian-majority nations.