"Even with a lagging economy, an unjustified war on Iraq, fifty million Americans without health insurance and more, the religious right has successfully made traditional moral values a pressing political issue. But when they talk about moral values they are not talking about morals per se. When we think about morals, we think about character. We think about things like not stealing and not killing; we think about helping others and being good people. That is not what they mean. When religious conservatives refer to morality they are talking about sociopolitical issues like abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, stem-cell research and of course state-church separation issues and all that encompasses like organized prayers in the public schools, the Ten Commandments on public property, the teaching of evolution and creationism in the public schools, the removal of the words under God in the pledge of allegiance, etc."