There seems to an unquestionable assumption that the religious right is in bed with the political right. In fact, the very name “religious right” is an indicator of this type of political alliance. On a range of issues, right-wing politicians have been able to mobilize this religious right: abortion, gay rights, sex before marriage, drugs, divorce, foreigners, and, more recently, Muslims. However, the religious right and the political right have not always been riveted together – or rather, the “religious right” has not always been “right.” (I do not mean the small but extremely important groups such as Sojourners.) If we look at a few moments in history, that relationship turns out to be a marriage of convenience of relatively recent date, for evangelical Christianity has not always been the religious soul of the political right.