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Dieting for Jesus

We should worry less about America's Christian conservatives. They are more American than they are Christian or conservative.

By Alan Wolfe   January 2004

A judge in Alabama, Roy Moore, places a giant statue of the ten commandments in his court and defies an order to remove it as demonstrators from around the country arrive swearing it will never be taken away. A few months later William Boykin, deputy under-secretary of defence for intelligence, is discovered to have said that his God, the Christian one, is bigger than that other one, the Muslim God, thereby joining preachers like Jerry Falwell and Franklin Graham (Billy’s son) who had earlier denounced Islam as a false faith.

In the 1920s, conservative Protestants were on the margins of…

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