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INTRODUCTION

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

Actions of the Christian Coalition measured by the Christian Bible!

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"When I said during my presidential bid that I would only bring Christians and Jews into the government, I hit a firestorm. `What do you mean?' the media challenged me. `You're not going to bring atheists into the government? How dare you maintain that those who believe in the Judo-Christian values are better qualified to govern America than Hindus and Muslims?' My simple answer is, `Yes, they are.'"

-from Pat Robertson's "The New World Order," page 218


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. 

Marion "Pat" 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."

HYPOCRISY CHECK When Marion Robertson ran for President in 1988 he too lied to the media and American people about sex.  In Robertson's case his wife and son were directly involved in the lie.  For years he lied to people about the date of his marriage.   According to the Religious News Service of October 9, 1987, when he married, his wife was already seven months pregnant.  I guess he did a lot more than just the "laying on of hands!"

If Robertson was elected President in 1988 should he have been impeached for lying to the American people?

MARION'S LATEST ADVENTURES

Marion's business deals frequently seem less than above board.  For example, the Christian Broadcasting Network bought the Family Channel with "love offerings" from supporters of the 700 Club.  He and his son Tim then bought it for next to nothing for themselves from his corporation CBN after it was obvious that it was a money maker. They then took the Family Channel public and made about 90 million dollars in stock sales.  Less than a year ago he sold the Family Channel to Rupert Murdoch who's considered anti-family by many.

In April of 1997 the Virginia Pilot ran an article that reported Marion Robertson's Operation Blessing is more a blessing for his finances than for the sick, poor and hungry. In the article they interviewed the chief pilot for Operation Blessing during Robertson's Zaire period, Robert Hinkle.  This is during the time Marion was buying diamond mines in Africa.  According to the article, "Only one or two of the roughly 40 flights could be considered humanitarian.  All the rest of the flights were mining related."

So the kind, yet misguided, souls who were sending money to Operation Blessing thinking they were helping poor hungry Africans were actually helping an American millionaire make still more millions!  Surely, this is NOT what Jesus would want.  We challenge Marion to do what the Bible says Jesus told the rich man in Matthew 19:21-25 to do - sell his possessions and give the money to the poor, not to one of his corporations.

Currently Marion's thoughts, as usual, are fixed on making still more money.  His latest financial adventures involve oil.  He wants to reopen oil storage tanks and an offshore terminal that was the site of a 1990 416,000 gallon oil spill off of Huntington Beach, California.  As you can imagine local residents are worried of an other environmental catastrophe.

The "Reverend" formed an oil refining company called CENCO Refining Company in March of 1998.  The plan is to have CENCO pumping 50,000 barrels of crude oil per day beginning in 1999.  The trouble is Marion/CENCO doesn't want to go through a full environmental impact review because, according to the Los Angeles Times, "the company is buying assets of existing firms that held permits to operate the terminal, pipeline and refinery."

In contrast to Marion's argument is the point made by residents: the equipment used for the refinery is rusting and to say the least is not up to par.  The storage tanks are partially dismantled and haven't be used since 1995.  Surely it's very reasonable to be concerned about the risk of an other oil catastrophe like that of 1990.

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???

Most recently Marion was trying to make a multimillion dollar bank deal with the Bank of Scotland.  If the proposed deal had gone through, Robertson would have used his millions of viewers as potential bank by telephone customers through a Bank of Scotland subsidiary.  This would have brought in yet MORE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS for the "Reverend."  However, the deal fell through.

It seems pressure was put on the Bank of Scotland to nix the deal because of taped messages from Marion's 700 Club evangelist show.  On the show Marion said, "In Europe, the big word is tolerance.  Homosexuals are riding high in the media.   And in Scotland, you can't believe how strong the homosexuals are.  It's just unbelievable."  He then referred to Scotland as a "dark land" because of this toleration.

CHRISTIAN COALITION LOSES ITS TAX-EXEMPT STATUS

Marion "Pat" Robertson is also very upset about losing his tax-exempt status for his political machine, the Christian Coalition. The Coalition hands out millions of voter "guides" to tell the Christian faithful which candidates voted along with its agenda and which did not. They had been doing this under the guise of "religion." But now, with a recent IRS ruling, they must start paying taxes!

Pat was making the rounds to his political flunkies in the U.S. Senate to call for a "Senate inquiry" into the IRS decision.  Could you imagine Jesus making the rounds in the Roman Senate to get special tax treatment???

NEWEST HYPOCRISY

The AP reported on 7.17.99 that Robertson's Operation Blessing, which he portrays on the 700 Club as THEIR efforts to help the poor and homeless, was denied federal funding.

Robertson not only takes in tens of thousands of dollars from 700 Club members but also DID take in tens of thousands of dollars from the federal government! What a scam!

Operation Blessing secured a $50,000.00 federal grant to help take care of the poor.   Please keep in mind that Robertson never tires of attacking "big government" and federal assistance.  Yet he doesn't mind taking $50,000.00 from the feds! What a deceitful "reverend."

The reason Operation Blessing was denied the grant from the federal government is because they ask on their applications for assistance from the poor if the applicants consider themselves saved from eternal damnation because they are observant Christians.  They also ask the poor and homeless if they will, "go to heaven."

County officials who manage the grant money informed Operation Blessing officials that asking an applicant's religious beliefs is a violation of federal regulations.

Operation Blessing board president Martin Rasmussen responded to the denial of federal money to the fundamentalist Christian organization in the typical pouting child manner of the religious right.  He said it sounds like the government's message is that, "Christian organizations should not work with the government on helping people."

Could you imagine the civil unrest that will ravage the United States if the various differing religious fundamentalist groups are given huge amounts of tax dollars to what amounts to recruiting the poor and homeless to their particular zealot organization???

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:

  • abolish the long-held Constitutional doctrine of separating church and state;
  • endanger the quality of education for low-income and special needs children by abolishing the Department of Education and installing voucher programs that divert dollars from public to private schools, which can reject students for numerous reasons;
  • threaten children's basic human rights by rejecting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child;
  • end federal funding of the NEA and PBS, thereby endangering educational and cultural exhibits, workshops, and programs;
  • return "Christian" prayer to schools;
  • deny children potentially life saving sex education under the guise of parental rights to regulate school curriculum;
  • endanger millions of families by transforming the bureaucratic welfare state into a system of private and faith- based compassion;
  • make birth control, family planning and other women's health services unavailable by denying funding to health clinics;
  • and undermine the right of all women to choose abortion.

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. 

  • Pat Robertson and the Republican Party:   How much influence does the Christian Coalition within the GOP?
  • Pat Robertson and his Political Agenda:   The Christian Coalition and Pat Robertson want to change the way you worship by establishing a State Religion.  They want to tell you how to educate your children.  They want to tell you what movies you can watch.  They want to tell you what TV programs you will have access to.  And they want to tell you what defines Art.   Here, on this page, they tell you how they are going to do it.
  • Pat Robertson and His Creative Finances: How does a televangelist get enormously wealthy?
  • Pat Robertson and his questionable friends:   The strangest part of Pat's Character, is his support of people who have been described by the News media as Criminals, Murderers, and totalitarian Dictators. 
  • Pat Robertson and Banking: Pat and a Bank in Scotland decide to join forces.
  • Pat Robertson and his mouth: Pat has strange ideas that can only be described as crazy.  Let him tell you all about it.
  • Links:  Organizations that oppose Pat Robertson and his organizations.
  • Actions of the Christian Coalition measured by the Christian Bible!

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12/03/99 INTERVIEW: CARDINAL ARINZE- RELIGION CANNOT
JUSTIFY ANY FORM OF VIOLENCE

AMMAN, DEC 1 (ZENIT-FIDES).- From November 25 to 29, more than 800 people took part in the 7th general assembly of the World Conference for Religion and Peace,
which was held in Amman, Jordan.  Religious leaders of a wide panorama of faiths 
discussed the role of religion in promoting peaceful  coexistence among people.
In addition to peace, speakers addressed a number of topics including war, development, human rights and disarmament.

- At the Conference, you spoke about the role of religion in society.

CARDINAL ARINZE: Religions are necessary in society because a change of heart is not possible without religious motivation.  War, violence, and violation of human rights come from people's hearts, hearts which religions can convert to peace
and solidarity.

-- Many conflicts in the world appear to be caused by religion. Is this correct or is it usually manipulation or misuse of religion?

CARDINAL ARINZE: Religion is never the only cause of conflict and, in my opinion, never the main cause.  Religion is often included to provoke the people to act: in
other words, it is exploited.

Authentic religion cannot promote violence: all the great religions teach the golden rule 'avoid doing to others what you would not want done to yourself.' When a follower of a religion uses his religion for violence he betrays the religion itself.

-- Religious freedom, although listed as one of the rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is still a 'dead letter' in many parts of the world.
Why?

CARDINAL ARINZE: Religious freedom is one of the rights most dear to the human heart, because people are ready even to die for their religion.  The human person must never be pressured in matters of conscience: freedom of belief is an established right.
This principle is violated in countries with a large religious majority, and in countries with authoritarian regimes.

In a country with a religious majority, minorities cannot be denied the right to practice their faith.  Religions fearing this principle must take a closer look at their religion, because religious freedom is a sacred right of each person.  On the threshold of the third Christian millennium, humanity expects this right to be recognized and put into practice.

12/03/1999  PAT ROBERTSON ADDS CANADA TO HIS 'NAUGHTY' LIST

TV Preacher says 'Canada has lost its collective mind'

It looks like another country won't be getting a Christmas present from right-wing U.S. televangelist Pat Robertson this year. 

Robertson denounced Scotland as a "dark land" where "homosexuals are
riding high" earlier this year after the Bank of Scotland backed out of a business deal with him. Now he's turned his sights closer to home with a new addition to his bad list: Canada. 

On his daily "700 Club" television program yesterday, Robertson denounced Canada's leaders because of a report that a Canadian commercial printer was fined under the country's civil rights laws for refusing to print stationery for the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives. He urged his Canadian viewers to "throw out those crazies that are now running the country." He said: 

"A pastor, speaking out in the pulpit saying 'I believe that God's word says the following: adultery is wrong, child molestation is wrong, incest is wrong' - if you say that then there will be some coterie of people that say 'well we're the ones who committed the
incest, and therefore we're a minority and should be protected.' And that pastor can be put in jail. Now this is very serious! And Canada has lost its collective mind. And it seems like to me that the Christians up there and those who believe in family values - I'm talking about Roman Catholics, I'm talking about traditional Protestants, I'm talking about Evangelicals and I'm talking about Orthodox Jews - anybody who believes in fundamental moral values
should get together and throw out those crazies that are now running the country. It's just that simple. And we should fight here in America for these liberties. They can be taken away quickly."

"It's a small coterie. It's not a big group. It's a small group of way-out leftists that are pushing this agenda. And they should be stopped."

In the same broadcast, Robertson also warned his viewers that the concept of tolerance for homosexuals and religious minorities was being "pushed all over Europe." He said: 

"This is why it is so terribly important for Christians to get involved in politics in the United States of America. You can't just sit in your pulpits and your pews and think that everything's going to be all right. It's not all right! And what's happening is the whole concept that's being pushed all over Europe, particularly, is 'tolerance.' It means that you will be intolerant in anything you say against homosexuality, against any kind of sin, against
pedophilia, against some Rastafarian that wants to sacrifice a chicken in the middle of the Capitol building or what have you. You speak anything against that, then you're guilty of a hate crime."

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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.

Copyright 1999 E! Online. All rights reserved.


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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star CHRISTIAN COALITION WATCH ONLINE RESOURCES

There are several sites related to watching the Christian Coalition and other Right Wing Extremists who would take away all your personal rights in the name of their idea of God.  Some sites maintain excellent links to the best Anti-Coalition web pages.  Sites listed here offer information about the Christian Coalition, historically or otherwise, and might be of interest to anyone pursuing the subject.  But, the contents have not been scrutinized in depth and cannot be vouched for. However, it is felt that they have enough affinity to warrant a link to this site. We hope that your explorations prove to be fruitful. If you know of other sites with relevant information, please contact coalition@dynionmwyn.com

 

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FIGHTING THE RELIGIOUS RIGHTS

With God On Our Side
Home page for the PBS series on the rise to political power of the Religious Right.
Who's Behind The Culture War? Contemporary Assaults on the Freedom of Expression by Mark Schapiro
Out Against the Right: An Organizing Handbook, by the Lesbian Avengers' Civil Rights Organizing Project.
HateWatch
In their own words...

HateWatch is an organization that monitors the growing and evolving threat of hate group activity on the Internet. Started in 1995, HateWatch provides and on-line resource for concerned individuals, academics, organizations and the media to keep abreast of and counteract hate activity in our world. By acting as a resource for interested parties, HateWatch catalogues hate groups home pages, tracks the use of these pages for recruitment purposes and provides bibliographic information by and for leading scholars.

Political Research Associates
Political Research Associates is an independent, not-for-profit research center which monitors the organizations, individuals, and activities of the US political right. Our purpose is to serve as an information clearinghouse providing archival information on the right wing, including links among right-wing groups, financing behind right-wing activities, and analysis of right-wing movements, and to serve as an "early warning system" for those who need to know about emerging trends and developments.
The Institute for First Amendment Studies
The Fight The Right Network
The Separation of Church and State Home Page
The Interfaith Working Group
The Interfaith Alliance
A multi-denominational, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to providing a faith-based counter to the RRR's politics of hate.
Fight the Right Action Kit
An excellent (albeit somewhat dated) resource on fighting the religious right, produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Freedom Writer, October 1996, "Activist Guide: How to win the fight" by Skipp Porteous
How to Win: A Practical Guide to Defeating the Radical Right
A one-stop, do-it-yourself guide to fighting the Radical Right at the local level.
"10 things to do when the Radical Right comes to town by Matthew Freeman
Citizen's Project Editorial: What's wrong with the Religious Right
How To Fight The Right Wing
An essay by Stuart Norman on strategies and methods for fighting the religious (and non-religious) right.
Freedom Writer October 1994, "Using computers to fight the right"
Freedom Writer August 1994, "Responding to homophobic rhetoric"
 

The Radical Religious Right

The Anti-gay Propaganda of the RRR

Christian Reconstructionism

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

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.

Exodus International and Other Ex-gay "Ministries"

Pat Robertson and the Christian Coalition

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

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.

Family Research Council

The Family Research Council is a spin-off political lobbying organization from Focus on the Family, headed by Gary Bauer.

Focus on the Family

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 and the Family Research Institute

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.

The Eagle Forum

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 Traditional Values Coalition

The Promise Keepers

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-abortionists and Pro-lifers

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.


THE REST OF THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT

godhatesfags.com Fred Phelps' web site.
Addicted to Hate by Jon Bell.
An investigative report on Fred Phelps' history, background, and practices, by Jon Bell, formerly of the Topeka Capital Journal.
Washington for Traditional Values
Freedom Writer August 1994, "Inside Glen Eyrie: The organized assault on gay rights"
The Institute for First Amendment Studies on a recent anti-gay conference.
The Rutherford Institute web site
The Rutherford Institute specializes in religious liberty issues, as well as maintaining a strong presence in anti-abortion and anti-gay legal disputes. John Whitehead, the leader and founder of the Rutherford Institute first made a name for himself (successfully) defending Chuck McIlhenny, pastor of the First Orthodox Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, against a lawsuit filed by a gay man, formerly the church organist, whom he had fired for being gay.

In their own words: The Rutherford Institute is an international, nonprofit, legal and educational organization that specializes in the defense of religious liberty and human rights.

Freedom Writer June 1994, "Profile: The Rutherford Institute"
The Institute for First Amendment Studies profiles the Rutherford Institute, an activist Religious Right organization that promotes their agenda in the courts.
Campus Crusade for Christ
Government is not God, a Political Action Committee

STUDYING THE US POLITICAL RIGHT


SELECTED RESEARCH AND LINKS

 

 

 

 

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