It was long believed that the Supreme Court's decision to make abortion a Constitution-protected right in the 1973 Roe v.
Wade ruling was the driving force behind the New Christian Right Movement's rise in the 1970s.
He was adamant that, yes, the 1975 action by the IRS against Bob Jones University was responsible for the genesis of the Religious Right in the late 1970s. After mobilizing to defend Bob Jones University and its racially discriminatory policies, Weyrich said, these evangelical leaders held a conference call to discuss strategy.
He recalled that someone suggested that they had the makings of a broader political movement—something that Weyrich had been pushing for all along—and asked what other issues they might address.
Williams argues in God's Own Party that it had actually been involved in politics for most of the twentieth century.