Evangelical voters will drive the red wave in 2022 | Fox News The 1954 Johnson Amendment served as a preemptive strike against evangelicals
But they haven’t always been such a formidable political presence in America.
The 1954 Johnson Amendment served as a preemptive strike against evangelicals — and despite opposition, they slowly began to organize. The next strike came eight years later when the Supreme Court ruled to remove prayer from schools in the 1962 Engel v. Vitale case. But it was the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that gave American evangelicals a very specific and clear political goal: Restore legal protection to unborn children. So they formed coalitions, and their power as a voting bloc started to grow.