Leaders of a changing movement
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Who speaks for the religious right? That used to be an easy question to answer. On matters of faith and politics, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and James Dobson were towering figures, opinionated, controversial, and vastly influential. But much of that leadership has suffered a, shall we say, fall from grace. After Falwell’s death in 2007 and Robertson’s outlandish comments about the 2010 earthquake in China and Hurricane Katrina, it seemed to some that the Christian right’s day in the sun had passed. But the culture wars reemerged this year, and new figures like Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, took leading roles in a religious and political drama that has not yet been resolved.