The Religious Right, the Christian Coalition and Their Attack on Religious Freedom
The purpose of this page is to expose the evil bigotry and false claims of the extremists of the religious right who believe that the ends justify the means. Lies are told about Pagans and Witches. Lies are told about Native Americans. Lies are told about almost anyone and anything they don't agree with. They think it is OK to Kill physicians who do abortions. Yet their Bible says thou shalt not Kill. They say it is OK to Kill Witches because their Bible says "Thou shalt not suffer a Witch to live (even though the mistranslated Latin word valifactria means poisoner not Witch). Their Bible is considered by them to be the unadulterated and inspired Word of God even though it has been mistranslated and added to. They attack anyone who disagrees with them. All for the love of power, money and greed. Those who we expose seem to have a media empire of Radio/TV Networks, etc. But we will not go away. We will call attention to all the evil that the Religious Right is responsible for. - an associate
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The above quote is a fact! Marion Pat Robertson does not want any other religion except Christianity and Judaism to have an affect on the Spirituality of the American people. To that aim, he has again taken control of the Christian Coalition. This page will inform you about Marion Pat Robertson's organizations and how he operates them. You will discover that Marion has plans for you and America, and you will find out what they are. This page will show that Pat does not always say what he really means and will provide evidence that he has not always been ethical and honest in his dealings with other people.
Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition and the 700 Club, told Christian Coalition
supporters at their 1998 Road to Victory conference in Washington D.C. that Bill
"Slick Willie" Clinton is a , "debauched, debased and defamed" leader.
Robertson called for the impeachment of Clinton. Marion said, "For nearly nine
months, we have seen one man wreak havoc on our most noble office. For nine months,
we have been mocked, demeaned, belittled and lied to. We have been forced, ourselves and
our children, to endure an account so lurid that if it were made into a movie it would
have been triple X-rated."
MARION'S LATEST ADVENTURES
The current fad of trendy
Christians is the selling and buying of jewelry trinkets with the letters WWJD. The
letters stand for What Would Jesus Do. Hey Marion - WWJD???
There are various church/state separation issues which surround Robertson and the Christian Coalition. They have allegedly, for the most part, been created by Pat himself in his efforts to use non-profit organizations to further his Political agenda and to increase his personal wealth.
Founder Pat Robertson has taken back control of the misnamed Christian Coalition, from director Ralph Reed, who until recently, was the telegenic mouth piece for the closed-minded and selectively-interpreted religious views of the reactionary broadcast evangelist.
Pat has kept the public relations strategy of repackaging the Coalition's "Contract With the American Family." It uses the reasonable and benevolent-sounding goal of "strengthening the American family" to mask legislative proposals that would threaten fundamental freedoms such as the separation of church and state and women's rights to reproductive planning.
Pat has been attempting to make the most of the Christian Coalition's growing publicity, a powerful lobbying presence, millions of dollars in funding, and the deference of elected officials and presidential hopefuls. The Coalition has been quietly trying to amass the power to see its agenda realized.
"Their agenda is rooted in elitism, restricted only by what polls say voters are willing to accept. It is masked in rhetoric that appeals to people's desire for a better society, but also uses their fears to cast blame. It is an agenda we are working to unmask, to educate the public about and to see brought to a halt before more real families are hurt," says NOW Action Vice President Rosemary Dempsey.
The "common sense values" that the Contract wants to "restore" include measures that would:
Some religious denominations have started asking if it is appropriate to associate the word "Christian" with conservative political agendas. One group of 80 ecumenical leaders issued a "Cry for Renewal" that protested the actions of the Coalition and its identification with the Republican Party. The statement also criticized religious liberals who were affiliated with the Democratic Party for not showing, "moral imagination or prophetic integrity."
If the Contract is "the first word, not the last word," then where will the Coalition stop? A new, similarly unsigned and more extreme contract could be taken seriously if the Coalition continues to gain political power, if more religious-right supported candidates are elected, or if one wins the presidency.
12/03/99 INTERVIEW: CARDINAL ARINZE- RELIGION
12/03/1999 PAT ROBERTSON ADDS CANADA TO
HIS 'NAUGHTY' LIST
6/18/99 LILITH FAIR'S LILITH: BAD GRRL? by Joal Ryan
e-online. The Lilith Fair can't wind down soon enough for Jerry Falwell. Sarah McLachlan's landmark all-grrl music fest, making its final trek across the country this summer, is under attack from the religious conservative's camp for celebrating a "pagan figure" rife with "lesbian imagery." An article in the June issue of Falwell's National Liberty Journal goes so far as to issue a Lilith "parents alert." "Many young people no doubt attend the Lilith Fair concerts not knowing the demonic legend of the mystical woman whose name the series manifest," senior editor J.M. Smith writes in the magazine.
Two other red flags, according to the essay: The concert series (1) supports Planned Parenthood, and (2) makes a point of distributing condoms at its events. (Smith does note that the [Lilith Fair] fest donates a portion of ticket sales to "worthy" breast-cancer research. Lilith organizers this year additionally pledged to earmark funds for local women's shelters.)
Sarah McLachlan, the singer/songwriter who put Lilith in the Lilith Fair in 1997, meanwhile, isn't fessing up to any nefarious motives.
"It's about equality," McLachlan manager Terry McBride says about the festival's name, in SonicNet. "That's it."
Falwell's National Liberty Journal, meanwhile, concedes it's likely to draw fire for its Lilith alert, as it drew fire for its "gay" Teletubby alert last winter. The seemingly benign, 40-date Lilith Fair kicks off July 8 in Vancouver, Canada.
In addition to McLachlan, headliners include Sheryl Crow, the Dixie Chicks and Monica.
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3/12/99 CHRISTIAN COALITION'S 'GET OUT THE VOTE' PROJECT IS DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO REGAIN MOMENTUM, SAYS AMERICANS UNITED
Washington, D.C. - Awash in legal and public relations woes, TV preacher Pat Robertson and his Christian Coalition today attempted to turn the tide against them by announcing a "get out the vote" strategy for religious conservatives in advance of the 2000 elections.
"Robertson is desperately trying to regain some momentum after a year of disasters, blunders and defeats," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. "Unless he can control his radical rhetoric and get his political machine running smoothly again, Robertson risks losing his ringside seat in the Republicans' 'big tent.'
"Robertson is a rogue elephant in the GOP china shop," added Lynn, a leading critic of the Religious Right. "Whatever happens, he's likely to break a lot of dishes."
As evidence of the Religious Right group's troubles, Lynn noted that the Christian Coalition has been beset by one crisis after another in the last year.
Over the last twelve months:
- Christian Coalition President Don Hodel resigned, apparently due to a complete inability to function under Robertson's reign. The Washington Times quoted one source as saying that Hodel grew frustrated by the fact that the Christian Coalition "was not consistently putting principle over politics."
- Former Coalition Executive Director Ralph Reed has resigned from the Coalition Board. In addition, CC National Operations Director Chuck Cunningham also quit, taking two other key staffers with him.
- The Internal Revenue Service continued to give Robertson fits. The Christian Coalition is under investigation by the IRS, which has refused to grant the organization's request for 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status. Also, Robertson was forced to pay a penalty to the IRS for illegal campaigning done by his Christian Broadcasting Network, including a retroactive tax-exempt revocation for CBN for 1986 and 1987.
- The Federal Election Commission's lawsuit against the Coalition for illegal partisan electioneering progressed. Documents released as a result of the trial have been embarrassing for the Coalition as they detail close ties between the Christian Coalition and the campaign operatives of incumbent candidate George Bush in the 1992 presidential election.
- The Virginia Attorney General's office has also continued its investigation of Robertson for alleged unethical business practices stemming from accusations of misuse of Operation Blessing charity airplanes to benefit Robertson's for-profit diamond mining operation in the Congo.
- Oklahoma State Senator Dave Herbert (D) has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Oklahoma Christian Coalition. This suit, filed in District Court of Oklahoma County, charges that the Coalition voter guide falsely reported that Herbert supports "abortion on demand," "minors' access to pornography in libraries," "increased federal control of education" and "socialized health care" and wants to "decriminalize sodomy and beastiality [sic]."
- Robertson made Religious Right activists and Republican allies in Congress angry by abruptly calling for an end to the impeachment trial, after months of demanding Clinton's removal. In September, Robertson said getting Clinton out of office was a top goal of the Coalition, dismissing resignation as too easy and demanding that he be impeached. Then, in February, he reversed course and concluded that Clinton had won.
- The Christian Coalition has continued to lose visibility and movement leadership to other Religious Right figures including presidential candidate Gary Bauer and his Family Research Council, as well as James Dobson of Focus on the Family.
- Robertson has no clear candidate for the 2000 presidential election. While Missouri Sen. John Ashcroft was Robertson's early favorite, his departure from the race leaves no apparent choice. Some candidates who are courting the Religious Right appear unpalatable to Robertson, including Bauer, who is associated with a rival organization.
- The Coalition suffered multiple failures in the 1998 elections, despite spending millions of dollars. Some of the group's favorite and most sympathetic candidates went down in defeat, including high-profile incumbents such as Govs. Fob James in Alabama and David Beasley in South Carolina.
- Churches began to turn away from the group. After an election year campaign by Americans United to educate churches on the dangers of getting caught up in the Coalition's political machine, many church leaders rejected the group's materials out of fears that the "voter guides" are too partisan and may jeopardize the church's tax exemption. Accordingly, the Christian Coalition's chosen method of distribution for their campaign materials was severely hampered. University of Akron Prof. John C. Green and other political science scholars said that the Religious Right's electoral misfortunes were due in part to "more determined opposition" from groups such as Americans United (The Christian Century, Dec. 23, 1998).
- Robertson himself was made the subject of national public ridicule. In June, Americans United alerted the media to Robertson's announcement that Orlando may be struck by a hurricane and "possibly a meteor" after flying rainbow colored flags from city lightposts during the annual "Gay Days" festivities. That was followed by AU's discovery in July that Robertson's Regent University received funds from the National Endowment for the Arts while Robertson was calling on Congress to shut down the agency.
Americans United is a church-state watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization represents 60,000 members and allied houses of worship in all 50 states.
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FIGHTING THE RELIGIOUS RIGHTS
The Radical Religious Right
Christian Reconstructionism is an extreme form of post-millenial, Calvinistic Protestantism which holds that the Law of the Pentateuch continues as a standard of righteousness even today for Christians, and that Christians must exercise dominion through the power of God's Law over all the Earth before Christ shall come again. As part of their theology, reconstructionists hold that, under the coming "kingdom of God", which they are actively engaged in bringing about, that the Biblical penalty for homosexuality (death) will be enforced, though they will always demur that they do not advocate that the penalty be applied today.
Reconstructionism can be traced to the Cobb County, Georgia ordinance stating that homosexuality is against community standards. Particularly, several of the county commissioners of Cobb County are known adherents of the forms of Reconstructionism advocated by Gary North and Gary DeMar.
The American Family Association, headed by the Rev. Donald Wildmon, headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi, serves as the "media watchdog" of the radical religious right. Their primary activities have been the organization of boycotts and letter writing campaigns targetted at businesses and media entities which promulgate soft porn (ex. Playboy), or portray lesbians and gay men in a positive light. Secondarily, the American Family Association targets violence on television. The American Family Association publishes a monthly newsletter (the most recent edition of which is available on their web site) listing those television shows, businesses, and advertisers who they are currently targeting, as well as opinion pieces.
Pat Robertson is quite plausibly the best known of the Religious Right, through his abortive 1988 challenge to George Bush for the Republican Presidential nomination, and through his daily appearances on his television program - The 700 Club. Robertson survived his own political demise, and the demise of the original religious right, centered around Falwell's "Moral Majority". He retrenched, brought in Ralph Reed to head the Christian Coalition, which he founded in 1989, pioneered the stealth campaign, and now wields more raw political power than any other leader of the new religious right.
Pat Robertson has often been the victim of his own intemperate statements, perhaps nowhere so evident as his 1991 book The New World Order, in which he espouses a highly conspiracist point of view, one that would be quite at home in many of the extremist fringes of the far right. By contrast, Ralph Reed, titular head of the Christian Coalition, has appeared considerably more moderate, reaching out to Catholics and mainstream Jews in his efforts to build a broad base of political power. Reed has masterminded the grassroots campaigning tactics, as well as the art of advocating extremism with moderate language, which have gained the Christian Coalition their present power base.
Concerned Women for America, headed by Beverly LaHaye, wife of evangelist and pastor Tim LaHaye, is a leading religious right organization. The group has long opposed abortion and women's rights, being originally formed to fight against the Equal Rights Amendment, and has recently become much more vocally opposed to equal rights for lesbians and gay people, and to the National Education Association, for it's support for a Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual History Month. Concerned Women for America has also recently taken a decidedly nativist turn in their pronouncements, opposing much United Nations involvement by the United States, and several United Nations conferences on the rights of women and children.
The Family Research Council is a spin-off political lobbying organization from Focus on the Family, headed by Gary Bauer.
Focus on the Family, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and led by Dr. James Dobson is a leader in the "pro-family", "traditional values" fight. Focus on the Family disguises much of its anti-lesbigay work behind a facade of pro-family rhetoric, but those who subscribe to it's "Family Issues Alert" fax service, are treated to a double helping. Focus on the Family was very active in advocating the passage of Colorado's Amendment Two, which denies equality to lesbian, gay and bisexual Coloradans, while providing for special rights for heterosexual Coloradans, and in advancing similar ballot initiatives in Maine. Focus has also extensively used the AIDS plague to advance their abstinence-based views regarding sex education. Focus on the Family has maintained a long-term, mutually-beneficial relationship with the Family Research Council, and has also shown a great deal of support for the Promise Keepers organization.
Paul Cameron is both the best known, and the least credible, of the various psychologists, medical doctors, and associated professionals which actively collaborate with the Religious Right, and attempt to lend a veneer of scientific respectability to the Religious Right's anti-gay propaganda.
Phyllis Schlafly first broke onto the conservative political landscape with the publication of her book A Choice, Not An Echo in 1964, which was an endorsement of Barry Goldwater's campaign for the Presidency. She emerged as a leader of the Religious Right's opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment in the seventies. The Eagle Forum, which she founded in 1972, has continued her fight against gender equality and feminism, and has expanded their reach to also focus on homosexuality (one of the original bases for her opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment), education, abortion and the United Nations.
Schafly's son, John was outed by the now defunct magazine Queer World in 1992.
The Lunatic Fringe - Militias, Conspiracy Theories, Holocaust Revisionists and Neo-Nazis
This page explores some of the extremist fringes of the Religious Right. While many of the more mainstream Religious Right will disclaim and repudiate many of the extreme views herein contained, these views have consistently been propounded by some within the Religious Right, albeit in somewhat watered-down forms. These fringe movements are also where some of the influencing philosophies of the mainstream Religious Right -- particularly nativism and populism, can be seen most clearly. Many of these groups, particularly the Identity Christianity, and neo-Nazi groups are also virulently anti-homosexual.
Anti-abortionism, while not a directly queer-related issue, distinguishes itself as one of the few issues other than gay / lesbian / bi equal rights that defines the religious right. Not all anti-abortionists are per se part of the religious right, but all of the religious right are necessarily anti-abortion.
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