Samantha Bee just schooled the religious right with a righteous history lesson

Forty years ago, the GOP platform barely touched religion. By 1980, everything changed. Sam Bee breaks it all down

By Brendan Gauthier
May 17, 2016 3:06PM (UTC)
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"Full Frontal" host Samantha Bee began last night's episode by detailing the origin story of religious conservatives entering into the political arena.

"For a generation, they've been like a wasp in an airplane," Bee said of the new religious right. "They're small and outnumbered, but everyone still has to avoid pissing them off."

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Though the religious right is such a fixture in modern American politics (even fielding a silver medal-winning presidential candidate), Bee said, "It wasn't always that way."

The rise of the religious right can be traced back to an anti-segregation measure proposed in 1978 by the IRS to revoke tax exemptions for private schools whose admissions discriminate by race.

"In 1972, the GOP platform didn't contain a single reference to God or religious issues," Bee explained. "But from 1980 onwards, the platform came to read like a Baptist dream journal."

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The good news, Bee added, is that "the religious right has been losing ground for 15 years. Gay people can marry and serve in the military, and apart from a handful of bigoted bakers, most people are fine with it."

Watch the full segment below:


Brendan Gauthier

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