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Behind Harper: the new face of the Religious Right

Social conservatives have plunged determinedly into electoral fray.

Dateline: Saturday, April 30, 2011

by Marci McDonald

The pronouncement first appeared on the front page of the National Post. "Social conservatives watch campaign from sidelines," trumpeted the headline over a story by religion writer Charles Lewis, which must have sent the strategists at Conservative Party headquarters into a heady round of high-fives.

With that declaration, Lewis neatly dispensed with the charge that the Religious Right was stumping for Stephen Harper in the 2011 federal election. In more than a dozen paragraphs, he appeared to squelch the pesky notion that the prime minister harboured worrisome baggage, that perennially-rumoured hidden agenda, which would only be revealed once he got his hands on a majority government.

Unfortunately, the Post headline couldn't have been further off the mark. As even a cursory survey of websites swiftly revealed, the foot-soldiers in this country's burgeoning religious right have plunged into the electoral fray with single-minded determination, if not unbridled enthusiasm...

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