It will take another 25 years or so to honestly do a decent job on the post mortem, but there are the roots of this fall that are being talked about now. We are entering a time of Babylonian captivity as the white conservative church. The question of our awareness and willingness is another matter altogether.
What lay behind the formation of the Religious Right? The catalyst for this mobilization of politically conservative evangelicals, as confirmed by Paul Weyrich, architect of the movement, and many others, was a defense of racial segregation at evangelical institutions, including Bob Jones University and other so-called segregation academies. (Falwell had his own segregation academy in Lynchburg, Virginia.)