For a generation, Christian conservative activists played such a central role in Republican presidential campaigns that the GOP has been called America’s first religious party. They opposed abortion and same-sex marriage and supported the party’s opposition to legal recognition of those two issues. And they promoted public recognition of religion, such as courthouse displays of the Ten Commandments and school recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance with its “under God” clause.

While these were hardly the only issues on Republican platforms, they were central to many voters.

This year, so much has been scrambled…

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