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How did Christian views affect the Republican Party in the years after 1980?

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Beginning around 1980 and continuing to the present, a certain vision of Christian values has come to be a centerpiece of the Republican Party's agenda.  This has happened as the Republicans have become the party of traditional values in the "culture wars" that we are now involved in.  This has meant that the Republican agenda has been very anti-abortion and anti-gay rights.  It means that it has been in favor of trying to get more religion in the "public square." These aspects of the Republican agenda were shown quite clearly this primary season in the candidacy of Rick Santorum for the Republican nomination for the presidency.

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