APPENDIX IV: SOME RADICAL RELIGOUS RIGHT GROUPS AND MEDIA TO WATCH OUT FOR SINCE THEY TARGET LGBT PEOPLE AND ISSUES:
[Background Information and Resource Sources:
- NGLTF's great manual, Fight the Right, can be found at
- Another excellent page about how to organize electorally against the right wing...and WIN! is:
- The Interfaith Alliance is a faith-based, grassroots movement t o counter the extreme religious right. Executive Director is Jill Hanauer. Alliances are announcing their formation in Georgia, Oklahoma, Connecticut, New York and Minnesota over the next two weeks (Feb. 96). Interfaith Alliances have been organized in Oregon, California, Tennessee, Washington, Florida, Virginia, Arkansas, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Public forums, voter education, research and letter writing campaigns are just a few of the grassroots organizing activities which have been undertaken by these state and local organizations. Voter education and mobilization are at the core of TIA's activity. The Interfaith Alliance's national Board of Directors consists of religious leaders representing a wide diversity of religious communities. TIA President is Dr. Albert Pennybacker. The Interfaith Alliance, (202) 639-6370, 1511 K Street, NW, Suite 738, Washington, D.C. 20005, [email protected], http://www.tialliance.org/
- Re Web page fight the right documents, try
- Interfaith Working Group Home Page - (information about the IWG and its activities; links to many related resources including Religious Right home pages) - http://www.iwgonline.org/
- Diamond, Sara. "Spiritual Warfare: The Politics of the Christian Right." Boston, MA: South End Press, 1989.
- Himmelstein, Jerome L. "To the Right. The Transformation of American Conservatism." Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1990.
- Send $1.00 to PRA for an extensive selected bibliography on homophobia and the religious and political right, and a list of PRA resource packets on this topic. Political Research Associates 678 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 702 Cambridge, MA 02139-3355; 617-661-9313. Some of the material appearing below comes from a PRA list.
- Another invaluable source of good information is the "c.c.watch" hardcopy newsletter --an 8-10 pages published 10 times a year. It is chock full of timely news, information, and documentation of the activities of The Christian Coalition and its fellow travelers. It also talks about those people/groups which have organized a response. "c.c.watch" subscribers receive a bonus of e-mailings--not just alerts, but also updates and articles--in-between issues. During the CC's Road to Victory conference, subscribers received e-mailed reports directly from Washington! By subscribing to "c.c.watch" you make possible the research, writing and print/electronic publishing of information that most Americans might never receive otherwise. For more information or to subscribe to "c.c.watch," call 305/751-5001. Subscriptions are $29.95 for individuals and $39.95 for organizations/media. Add $10 for all subscriptions AIR MAIL to Europe, etc. Their email address is [email protected]
- Americans United for Separation of Church and State, 1816 jefferson Pl, NW., Washington DC 20036; 202-466-3234; email = [email protected]; web page at: http://www.au.org
- Center for Democratic Renewal, POB 50469, Atlanta GA 30302-0469; 404-221-0025, email= [email protected]
- Institute for First Amendment Studies, POB 589, Great Barrington MA 01230; 413-528-3800; email= [email protected]
- National Center for Science Education, POB 9477, Berkeley CA 94709; 510-526-1674; email= [email protected]
- People for the American Way, 2000 M St. NW, Ste. 400, Washington DC 20036; 202-467-4999.
- Planned Parenthood members played key roles in defeating school board candidates sponsored by the Christian Coalition in 14 out of 14 races targeted by PP in 1995.
Americans for Religious Liberty, POB 6656, Silver Spring MD 20916; phone=301-598-2447. Nonprofit public interest group which researches and publishes on public education, reproductive freedom, and religious liberty.
Citizens Project, POB 2085, Colorado Springs CO 80901; phone= 719-520-9899.
Promotes pluralism, religious liberty, and the separation of church and state. Offers comprehensive list of like-minded groups.
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N.B. re the below: <Key leaders & Groups listed within arrow brackets>
Alliance Defense Fund http://www.alliancedefensefund.org
founded by Bill Bright, Larry Burkett, James Dobson, D. James Kennedy, Marlin Maddoux, and Don Wildmon.
"A national alliance funding the legal defense and advocacy of religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and family values." Yes, it's non-profit!
They say, "The number one threat to your faith family and freedom today... is the homosexual legal agenda."
AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE, P.O. Box 64429, Virginia Beach, VA 23467
- Pat Robertson's legal arm, founded in 1990. In late July 1995, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the Falmouth public schools could distribute condoms in the nurse's office along with materials on abstinence and sexually transmitted disease. Within minutes, Pat Robertson's legal arm, the "American Center for Law and Justice", vowed to take the case to the Supreme Court to take away Falmouth's control over its own schools. "Schools have an obligation to accommodate the religious and moral teachings of parents," proclaimed ACLJ head Jay Sekulow. NOTE THIS HYPOCRISY...YOU WILL SEE IT AGAIN...AND AGAIN. USE IT AGAINST THEM. AMERICANS LIKE FAIRNESS, NOT DOUBLE STANDARDS.
AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION, P.O. Drawer 2440, 107 Parkgate, Tupelo, MS 38803. URL: http://www.afa.net/
- Founded and led by <Donald Wildmon>, AFA specializes in leading corporate boycotts. Its concerns include homosexuality, pornography, profanity, "anti-Christian bigotry," liberal media. It has many state affiliates and clones. Promotes its agenda through courts actions; also targets media/entertainment industry. Influential on National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funding and public school curricula censorship. 600,000 members, 640 local chapters. WATCH OUT FOR ANY GROUP WITH "FAMILY ASSOCIATION" IN ITS NAME!!!
AMERICAN FREEDOM COALITION, 800 K St., NW, Ste. 830, Washington, D.C. 20001
- Led by <Robert Grant>, AFC is the result of a coalition bet- ween <Christian Voice> and <Sun Myung Moon's Unification movement>.
BEREAN LEAGUE, 2875 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55113
- Organized the first defeat of a gay/lesbian rights ordinance and trained conservative activists nationally in their tactics. Holder of the copyright to the book "Are Gay Rights Right," by <Roger Magnuson>.
CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF POPULAR CULTURE, P.O.B. 67398, Los Angeles CA 90067.
- Issues a publication called "The Report Card," edited by Peter Collier and David Horowitz. Specifically attacked LGBT educational equity organizing efforts in July/Aug '95 issue. Seem to have inside access to members of California's State Board of Education.
CHRISTIAN ACTION NETWORK, P.O. Box 606, Forest, VA 24551
- Led by former <Jerry Falwell> employee <Martin Mawyer>. TARGETED THE UNITED WAY FOR CONTRIBUTING TO ORGANIZATIONS WHICH DONATE LGBT BOOKS TO HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARIES.
CHRISTIAN COALITION, Ralph Reed, Executive Director, P.O. Box 1990, Chesapeake, VA 23327; (800) 325-4746. http://www.cc.org
- Founded in 1989 by <Pat Robertson>. Other Robertson groups include: the <700 Club>, <Regent University> (formerly <CBN University>), <Christian Broadcast Network>, and the <American Center for Law and Justice>. Umbrella group headed by Ralph Reed with backing from Pat Robertson. Agenda is to target issues that attract the more moderate and mainstream person, i.e. support for police, fighting against drugs, etc., but then advance ultra right wing agenda, i.e. America is a "Christian" nation, anti-gay and lesbian rights, anti-pro-choice, etc. The group has 1 million supporters. Moving aggressively in all media areas. In Washington DC, the Christian Coalition, which wants to destroy public education and divert its funding to private religious schools, has waged war against Goals 2000 and has convinced the Republican Congress to kill the effort. IN WAGING THIS WAR, THE CHRISTIAN COALITION'S BATTLE CRY HAS BEEN "LOCAL CONTROL," ARGUING THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT "DICTATE" LOCAL EDUCATIONAL DECISIONS.
- In 1995, the Christian Coalition began developing and promoting an allied group called "The Catholic Alliance," altho many Catholic leaders question the authenticity of its Catholicness.
CHRISTIAN VOICE, P.O. Box 1200, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
- Led by <Robert Grant>, Christian Voice works in coalition with <Sun Myung Moon> organizations in <American Freedom Coalition>.
CITIZENS FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION, Dr. Robert L. Simonds, P.O. Box 3200, Costa Mesa, CA 92628. Affiliated with NACE (National Association of Christian Educators) 2800 S. Main St.,Santa Ana, CA 92707. Goal is to bring public education under Christian control. Priority is disruption of public schools via attacks on curricula, text books and school boards (1,250 chapters).
- <Coalition on Revival> (see below) steering committee. NACE works closely with COR; NACE's purpose is to "to reclaim our Christian heritage in our public schools." CEE has been active in Colorado since 1985. The Coors Foundation gave NACE $47,000 from 1985 to 1988.
COALITION ON REVIVAL, 89 Pioneer Way, Mountain view, CA 94041
- Founded and led by <Jay Grimstead>, COR represents the intersection of Christian Reconstructionism with the more conventional Christian right.
COLORADO FOR FAMILY VALUES, P.O. Box 190, Colorado Springs, CO 80901
- Founded and led by <Kevin Tebedo> and <Tony Marco>. In August 1995, Kevin Tebedo went public with his involvement with the militia movement!!! State Sen. Charles Duke and Colorado For Family Values President Kevin Tebedo warned that federal and state use of emergency war powers has literally suspended the Constitution of the United States, and they and other patriots are demanding that government officials recognize their claims or potentially face treason. Duke has long been associated with the patriot movement, whose widely-varied organizations include groups ranging from the Christian Coalition to the Gun Owners of America to the militia movement growing accross the country. But this marked the first time Tebedo has joined forces with the state senator by publicly appearing with him at a patriot gathering and offering expert testimony to a group of his peers. "It's really been quite a load on Kevin to get him up to speed on all of this," said Gene Schroder, event organizer and founder of the American Agricultural Movement based in Campo, Colo. "But he's really done his homework. The foundation of what his organization is doing lies in the emergency procedures and now Kevin understands that well." Tebedo was recruited to cite examples of how Gov. Roy Romer has acted beyond his powers, and said the government's "dictatorial powers" have adverselt affected the family unit. "It's clear that the homosexual lobby wants the family redefined," Tebedo said. "What stops Romer from declaring under the emergency war act that polygomy and homosexuality are protected?" Tebedo claimed that the governor has already overstepped his authority by approving an anti-discrimination resolution in 1990. He warned that a forced redefinition of the family could be instituted in the same way. "I believe it's only a short time before parents are licensed," Tebedo predicted, drawing audible gasps from the crowd.
CONCERNED WOMEN OF AMERICA, <Beverly LaHaye>, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW, #800, Washington, DC 20024. URL http://www.cwfa.org/ ALSO many local affiliates with similar names (e.g. in southeastern California, "Concerned Women of the Desert").
- Anti-gay, anti-abortion, "pro-family" agenda via grassroots organizing and Congressional lobbying. Pressures elected officials via local groups ("prayer chains") 600,000 members, 800 U.S. Chapters. CWA is the nation's largest women's organization.
CORAL RIDGE MINISTRIES, P.O. Box 40, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33302-0040
- Led by <D. James Kennedy>.
COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL POLICY, 513 Capitol Court, NE, Suite 200; Washington, DC 20002. No official web site, unofficial page maintained by The Institute for First Amendment Studies: http://www.berkshire.net/~ifas/cnp/index.html
Family co-chaired by Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family and Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum. Law and Justice co-chaired by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III and former Texas Court of Appeals judge Paul Pressler. Economics co-chaired by former Office of Management and Budget director Jim Miller and Reed Larson of the National Right to Work Committee. Defense and foreign policy co-chaired by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Howard Phillips of Conservative Caucus. Institutional reform co-chaired by former California state senator H.L. Richardson and direct mail expert Richard Viguerie. Environment chaired by former Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Energy Don Hodel.
SAMPLING OF CNP MEMBERS
National elected officials
Rep. Dick Armey (R-TX), Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), Rep. Bob Dornan (R-CA), Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK), Rep. Barbara Vucanovich (R-NV), Sen. Lauch Faircloth (R-NC) Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), and Sen. Don Nickles (R-OK).
Hard Right leaders
Gary Bauer, president of Family Research Council; Bill Bright, founder, Campus Crusade for Christ; Judie Brown, president, American Life League; Ben Bull, senior litigation counsel, American Center for Law & Justice; Larry Arnn, president, the Claremont Institute; Allan Carlson, president, the Rockford Institute; Dr. James Dobson, president, Focus on the Family; Bob Dugan, director, National Association of Evangelicals; Mike Farris, president, Home School Legal Defense Association; Ed Feulner, president, the Heritage Foundation; Ron Godwin, senior vice president, The Washington Times; Robert Grant, president, American Freedom Coalition; Rebecca Hagelin, Christian Coalition's Christian American; Reed Irvine, chairman, Accuracy in Media; Bob Jones III, president, Bob Jones University; D. James Kennedy, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church; Alan Keyes, talk show host; Jerry Kirk, National Coalition Against Pornography; Beverly LaHaye, president, Concerned Women for America; Tim LaHaye, author; Marlin Maddoux, president, USA Radio Network; Rev. Peter Marshall, Peter Marshall Ministries; Connie Marshner, activist; Ed Meese, the Heritage Foundation; Tom Minnery, Focus on the Family; Sam Moore, president, Thomas Nelson Publishers; Rev. Duane Motley, president, New Yorker's Family Research; David Noebel, president, Summit Ministries; Lt. Col. Oliver North; Howard Phillips, chairman, the Conservative Caucus; Robert Poole, president, Reason Foundation; Larry Pratt, executive director, Gun Owners of America; Edgar Prince, chairman, Prince Corporation; Ralph Reed, executive director, Christian Coalition; Pat Robertson, president, Christian Coalition, Christian Broadcasting Network, Family Channel; R.J. Rushdoony, president, Chalcedon; William Rusher, syndicated columnist; Phyllis Schlafly, president, Eagle Forum; Alan Sears, Alliance Defense Fund; Maj. Gen. John Singlaub USA (Ret.); John Sununu, talk show host; Richard Viguerie, chairman, American Target Advertising; Paul Weyrich, president, Free Congress Foundation; John Whitehead, chairman, The Rutherford Institute; Rev. Donald Wildmon, president, American Family Association; Rev. Jim Woodall, Concerned Women for America.
Howard Ahmanson, wealthy California businessman; Ed Atsinger, president of Salem Communications; Robert Bates, president of Guarantee Mutual Life Company, Omaha; John Belk, chairman of Belk Stores; Holly Coors; Jeffrey Coors; Rich DeVos, Amway Corporation; Richard DeVos Jr., president, Amway Corporation; George Gilder, trickle-down economist; and Nelson Bunker Hunt, chairman, Hunt Energy Corporation.
Over sixty Californians are members of the Council for National Policy (CNP) and nowhere in the country have CNP members been more politically active and spent more money than in California.
According to a November 26, 1995 article in The Los Angeles Times, California state Senator Rob Hurtt Jr. came under the influence of Dobson in the early 80s. Hurtt, in turn, helped bring together a group of men who have built a formidable political machine by spending over $8,000,000 from their own pockets to change the face of California politics. All are members of the CNP. This group of men now consists of:
Howard Ahmanson. Jr., the heir to the Home Savings fortune, chair of the California Independent Business PAC, successor to the Allied Business PAC, 20+-year trustee of R. J. Rushdoony's Chalcedon, board member of the Claremont Institute, and deep-pocket political campaign contributor. In a 1985 Orange County Register interview, Ahmanson stated he wanted to dedicate his fortune to see that we had Biblical law integrated into our everyday lives.
Roland Hinz, owner of Daisy/HiTorque Publications, publishers of Dirt Bike and Motocross magazines. His wife, Lila, has served on the board of directors of Paul Weyrich's National Empowerment TV.
Edward G. Atsinger III, owner of 29 commercial Christian radio stations, graduate of Bob Jones University, and board member of the National Religious Broadcasters Association.
Richard A. Riddle, owner of I. W. Walker, a box manufacturing company and a partner in Richray Industries, an import-export company which does a lot of business with South Korea, and a graduate of Bob Jones University.
The group has gone through several name changes. It started out as the Capitol Commonwealth Group which became the Allied Business PAC which in turn has been reborn as the California Independent Business PAC. It has helped to elect over one-fourth of the 120 members of the California legislature.
Because of California political campaign laws, Sen. Hurtt has been forced to drop out of the California Independent Business PAC. However, that did not keep him from spending almost $2,000,000 on political campaigns in 1994.
In 1987, Hurtt, Ahmanson, and CNP member Preston Hawkins, a developer, founded the Capitol Resource Institute (CRI) in Sacramento as a public-policy organization affiliated with Focus on the Family (FOF). Since CRI's founding, Hurt and Ahmanson have provided over 75% of the annual budget.
With a small staff, CRI conducts a multitude of activities such as lobbying the legislature on behalf of Hurtt and FOF, publishing at least two monthly newsletters, conducting daily and weekly radio programs (mostly on Atsinger's radio stations), providing voters' guides, and presenting Community Impact Committee seminars.
Ahmanson's megabucks also provide support for such organizations as the Western Center for Law and Religious Freedom, the Reason Foundation, the Claremont Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the California Prolife Council, and Chalcedon, Inc.
In 1994, the men supported a failed school-voucher initiative by providing over $450,000. According to a Common Cause report, in 1994 they were responsible for almost 10% of all the money donated to the California Republican Party.
Another CNP member is assemblywoman Barbara Alby, an ally of former state senator H. L. (Bill) Richardson, a long-time Christian Reconstructionist activist. Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian of San Diego County is a new member.
Former assemblyman Patrick Nolan is still listed in the 1995 CNP phone directory as a member, although he is presently a resident of a federal correctional facility. Nolan pleaded no contest to political corruption charges. Christian Reconstructionist guru R.J. Rushdoony has been listed as a member for many years, although he claims he hasn't been to a meeting in years and doesn't know who pays his annual membership fees. Some other Californians who are members:
Pat Boone, actor/singer/info-mercializer William Dannemeyer, former U.S. Representative
Robert K. Dornan, U. S. Representative and candidate for the Republican presidential nomination
William Saracino, Citizens for Responsible Representation, slate mailer expert
Louis K. Uhler, U.S. Taxpayers Association, author of California legislative term limits
Barbara Keating-Edh, Citizen Alert, failed candidate for the Assembly James Dignan, former chair of the Republican State Party
Dr. Henry M. Morris, retiring president of the Institute for Creation Research
Margret Lesher, former owner of the Lesher publishing empire which she reportedly sold for $350,000,000
W. Robert Stover, chairman of Western Temporary Services (among their temporary services, they supply most of the Santas for department stores and malls in California)
Larry Arnn, president of the Claremont Institute (promoters of the anti-affirmative action initiative)
Robert W. Poole, president of the Reason Foundation
Joseph Farah, former editor of the now-defunct Sacramento Union
Ms. Terry Siemens, a former Miss California
William Rusher, fellow of the Claremont Institute
David Balsiger, movie and TV producer
John Stoos, former executive director of California Gun Owners Association, political consultant
- <Tim LaHaye> was the founder and first president of the Coors-supported Council for National Policy, a secretive policy and fundraising organization that brings together right-wing activists from many different organizations. The Free Congress Foundation's <Connie Marshner> and eleven of seventeen of the Free Congress directors are CNP members; FCF's <Paul Weyrich> is the CNP's Secretary-Treasurer.
- The below information comes from an article by Skipp Porteous of from The Institute For First Amendment Studies in its publication THE FREEDOM WRITER JAN/FEB 1996 [with additional info from Jerry Sloan]:
- Founded in May 1981, by the Rev. Tim LaHaye, T. Cullen Davis, and Nelson Bunker Hunt, the goal of CNP is to make the member's "shared moral values" dominant in domestic and foreign policy. If there is one group in the United States that serves as an umbrella for the hard right it is the Council for National Policy. The group's 500+ members represent the hard right's religious, political, and business leaders.
- Former Attorney General Ed Meese III currently serves as president; Morton Blackwell is the group's executive director. Former CNP presidents include the Revs. Tim LaHaye and Pat Robertson, and Amway's Rich DeVos. CNP's first conference was held in Dallas on January 17, 1982. Membership is $1,500 a year, plus an additional $300 a year for Capitol Hill Report, the newsletter of CNP Action, Inc. The price of admission to the CNP's thrice-yearly conferences is additional.
- The members of the secretive group meet clandestinely at specially selected cities to plot public strategy. Ten years ago, a spokesperson refused to answer any questions, saying that the group "operates as secretly as possible; the members and officers names are kept strictly within the confines of the organization."
- The Council for National Policy has taken credit for a number of conservative victories in Congress. They include: the defeat of President Clinton's health plan; the defeat of the President's attempt to allow gays to serve openly in the military; the Whitewater hearings; sidetracking the Freedom of Choice Act; preventing the passage of the Fairness Doctrine in broadcasting; stopping the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from prohibiting religious harassment in the workplace; and blocking the Lobby Reform Bill. Some members, such as John Doggett, testified on behalf of Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearings for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
- While the CNP does not endorse or oppose candidates, lobby for or against legislation, or take official positions on policy issues, its affiliated group, CNP Action, Inc. is politically active. CNP is a tax-exempt (501)(c)(3) organization; CNP Action, Inc., is a (501)(c)(4), which is exempt from taxes, but contributions to it are not deductible. CNP Action, Inc. can lobby and conduct other political activity. CNP members who lobby usually do so in their own name, or in the name of the organization they head.
- Every six months, CNP members receive "Update on Producers of TV and Radio News and Public Affairs Programs." This publication lists the names, addresses, phone, and fax numbers of all national radio and tv news and public affairs producers. CNP members use the list to write to producers to inform them of their area of expertise and interest. They are instructed to give the media their office and home phone numbers so they can be contacted when their issues arise. The purpose, of course, is to influence the thinking of the media and general public.
- Once a year, CNP provides members with an analysis of members of Congress "who are the most open to persuasion." The report says: "These legislators, listed by state, have records over several years of frequently switching their votes back and forth between conservative and liberal positions on legislation with the categories of economic, social, or defense/foreign policy issues. 'Swing' Senators and Congressmen determine whether we win or lose legislative battles. If a majority of these officials vote on the conservative side, we can prevail. If they vote with the liberals, we lose."
- CNP Action, Inc. also sponsors standing committee workshops at CNP conferences which provide a vehicle for members to work together to influence crucial public policy decisions. According to a CNP memo, attendees at these workshops "formulate strategies and execute plans to make a difference on the issues where we can have real impact." The six permanent standing committees are:
EAGLE FORUM, P.O. Box 618, Alton, IL 62002
- A women's organization powerful in national and Republican party politics thanks to Phyllis Schlafly, founder. Mother of a gay man, she opposes AIDS education, sex education, daycare, family leave, abortion rights, the ERA, and NEA funding. 80,000 members. Led by <Phyllis Schlafly>. URL is
EXODUS INTERNATIONAL, P.O. Box 2121, San Rafael, CA 94912
- The largest "gay reclamation" ministry, Exodus International promotes the conversion of gay men and lesbians to heterosexuals through therapy. It describes itself as "a world-wide network of Christian organizations which minister to those overcoming homo- sexuality and other life-dominating sexual problems." Its work is cited by <Colorado for Family Values>.
FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES, P.O. Box 2700, Washington, D.C. 20013
- Led by <Tim LaHaye>, a former leader of Moral Majority and the Council for National Policy.
FAMILY RESEARCH INSTITUTE, P.O. Box 2091, Washington, D.C. 20013
- A rather "high purpose" and impressive-sounding name that really cloaks the extreme ignorance and mind-set of its chief bigoted (and professionally discredited) practitioner, Dr. Paul Cameron. Affiliated with the "Institute for the Scientific Investigation of Sexuality." Totally lacking in credibility, yet, incredibly, often cited by the right wing.
FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL, <Gary L. Bauer>, 700 13th Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC, 20005; phone= 202-393-2100; Fax= 202-393-2134. URL ishttp://www.frc.org/
- Lobbies against gay/lesbian/bisexual civil rights, reproductive freedom, government-funded health care, child care and equal protection of laws for women in the worplace. Split from Focus on the Family in 1992. (Not the same as Paul Cameron's Family Research Institute.) Mission: Group formerly affiliated (1988- Oct. 1992) with James Dobson's Focus on the Family until pressure from the IRS about the group's lobbying led to an amicable separation.; "pro-family policy, educational and obbying organization" with anti-choice and anti-gay agenda; publishes "Washington Watch" newsletter. Sexuality Education Activities: "Washington Watch" newsletter includes anti-sexuality education articles; prepare special reports on the family which oppose family planning, school based clinics, and sexuality education other than abstinence-only programs.
FOCUS ON THE FAMILY, founded and led by <James Dobson>, P.O. Box 35500, Colorado Springs, CO 80995; phone= 719-531-3400 or 800-232-6459 (and state affiliates with similar names). http://www.fotf.org/ Employs almost 1,000; has 1,550 radio stations worldwide. A leader in the passage of Colorado's Amendment 2 to disallow equal rights to lesbigay Americans. Conducts seminars nationally to involve fundamentalists in the political process. Originally based in Pomona, California, Focus on the Family endorses the work of <David Noebel's> <Summit Ministries> (see below).
- In 1995, FOTF began supporting a new group called FAMILY FRIENDLY LIBRARIES (FFL). FFL advocates that the purpose of public libraries is to emphasize the "superiority" of the "traditional" family, i.e. "mother and father married to each other, committed to a lifetime monogamous relationship and caring responsibly for their children." FFL believes librarians should create special, restricted-access areas for materials on "controversial" topics, including sexual topics. FFL believes that libraries which present, equally, information on all points of view are dangerous.
FREE CONGRESS FOUNDATION, 717 2nd St., NE; Washington, D.C. 20002
- FCF has published several influential books on homosexuality including "The Homosexual Network" by Enrique Rueda, and "Gays, AIDS and You" by Enrique Rueda & Michael Schwartz. Prominent FCF individuals promoting an anti-gay and anti-lesbian agenda include founder <Paul Weyrich>, <Michael Schwartz>, <Enrique Rueda>, and <Connaught (Connie) Marshner>. FCF in the early 1980's was among the first right-wing groups to develop the theme that homosexuals wanted "special rights." FCF was formerly known as the Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress and Free Congress Research and Education Foundation, and was founded by Colorado Beer magnate Joe Coors. FCF has received funds from the Coors Foundation. Other groups affiliated with FCF include <Free Congress Political Action Committee>, <National Empowerment Television>, <Coalitions for America> and the <Siena Group>.
HOMOSEXUALS ANONYMOUS, P.O. Box 7881, Reading, PA 19603, (215) 376-4292 (recorded message)
- Homosexuals Anonymous describes itself as "a Christian fellowship of men and women who have chosen to help each other live free from homosexuality."
"INSIGHT MAGAZINE," P.O. Box 91022, Washington, D.C. 20090-1022
- A publication of Sun Myung Moon, "Insight Magazine" has been cited by <Colorado for Family Values>.
INTERCESSORS FOR AMERICA, P.O. Box 2639, Reston, VA 22090
- IFA, tied to Christian Reconstructionist organizations, is chaired by <John Beckett>.
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY, 770 Westhill Blvd., Appleton, WI 54915
- Founded and led by <Robert Welch> until his death, JBS promotes a conspiratorial view of history. Publishes "The New American." NOTE: Joseph Sobran, Dinesh D'Souza and Frank du Mas (author of "Gay is Not Good") are also cited.
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY, Box 20000, Lynchburg, VA
- <Jerry Falwell>, former head of the now-defunct <Moral Majority>, is founder and chancellor of Liberty University.
NATIONAL CITIZENS ACTION NETWORK, P.O Box 10459, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
- Led by <David W. Balsiger>, the NCAN specializes in video- tapes. Its publication, "Family Protection Scoreboard," carries articles by Robert W. Lee, a contributing editor to "Conservative Digest" and the John Birch Society's "New American."
NATIONAL LEGAL FOUNDATION, 6477 College Park Square, Suite 306; P.O. Box 64845 Virginia Beach, VA 23464
- Founded by <Pat Robertson> in 1985 (and now independent of him), the National Legal Foundation provided consultation on the wording of the Colorado initiative.
"THE NEW FEDERALIST," P.O. Box 889, Leesburg, VA 22075
- A publication of the <Lyndon LaRouche> organization. Other LaRouche organizations and publications include <"Executive Intelligence Review">, the <Club of Life>, and the <Schiller Institute>.
OREGON CITIZENS ALLIANCE, 9150 SW Pioneer Ct., Ste. W; Wilsonville, OR 97070
- Headed by <Lon Mabon>, the OCA sponsored the Oregon Abnormal Behavior Initiative. Mabon, also head of the Oregon chapter of the Christian Coalition, presented a workshop in organizing against civil rights legislation for homosexuals at Pat Robert- son's Second Annual Road to Victory conference in 1992. OCA has exported its operation to other states, notably Idaho. Watch OUT for any organization with "Citizens Alliance" in its name!
THE REPORT, 42640 10TH St. West, Lancaster CA 93534; 1-800-462-4700.
- Also beware "Report" spinoffs such as "The Report Card" (see Center for Study of Popular Culture, above) and "The Lambda Report" (except the legit Lambda Report, which is in COLORADO, of all places!)
Affiliated with Springs of Life Ministries, headed by Ty and Jeannette Beeson. Producers of the notorious video, "The Gay Agenda," in 1992. Now have an entire mini -catalog of hate videos and books.
ROCKFORD INSTITUTE, 934 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103
- Publications of the Rockford Institute, which is led by <Allan Carlson>, include "The Family in America" and "Chronicles of Culture."
RUTHERFORD INSTITUTE, P.O. Box 7482, Charlottesville, VA 22906-7482
- Founded by <John Whitehead>, the Rutherford Institute distributes tapes from reconstructionist <R.J. Rushdoony> and <Phyllis Schlafly> of Eagle Forum, among others.
- In recent years the Rutherford Institute has become well known for its aggressive attacks on the civil rights of LGBT Americans. It spends $8 million a year attacking the civil rights of LGBT Americans, women's right to choose, AIDS education and in support of teaching of Biblical creation and promoting Christian prayer in public schools.
- Below is background information on The Rutherford Institute. This article was originally published in June 1994 in _The Freedom Writer_ by The Institute for First Amendment Studies in Massachusetts. Skip also uncovered and publicized the top secret anti-gay national strategy meeting in Colorado Springs held in 1994. His research enabled activists to respond promptly to this years assault of "gays can be cured" propaganda. Skip Porteous, an ex-fundamentalist minister is founder of the Institute for First Amendment Studies.
- Profile: The Rutherford Institute
- The Institute for First Amendment Studies receives many calls concerning a number of Religious Right organizations. Near the top of the list is the Rutherford Institute, a Virginia-based Christian legal organization that promotes the Christian Right agenda through the courts. The following report offers some pertinent and basic information about this influential organization.
- Samuel Rutherford, a 17th-century Scottish minister, is best known for his defiance of the King. Rutherford proclaimed that, as kings were not divine, kings' laws were not above God's laws. He urged his followers to disobey any royal decrees that failed to follow God's laws.
- In 1982, attorney John W. Whitehead, writer/filmmaker Franky Schaeffer, and other "concerned Christians" formed a new organization to act as "the legal arm of Christian civil liberties in this country." They named it the Rutherford Institute after Samuel Rutherford.
- Schaeffer contended that "modern-day courts issue laws which are contrary to God's law." And Whitehead believes, according to an article by Martin Mawyer published in the May 1983 issue of the Moral Majority Report, "that courts must place themselves under the authority of God's law."
- Mawyer's article explains, "The Institute states that 'all of civil affairs and government, including law, should be based upon principles found in the Bible.'" That statement is a simplified definition of Christian Reconstruction, an important movement within evangelical Christianity.
- From the beginning, the Rutherford Institute has taken a militant position. "We need to be very aggressive, not passive," Whitehead said in a 1983 interview. "Take the initiative. Sue rather than waiting to be sued. That's where we've been weak. We've always been on the defensive. We need to frame the issue and pick the court. The institute, if necessary, will charge that government is violating religious freedoms rather than the church waiting for the government to charge it with violating the law.
- Franky Schaeffer, son of the late theologian Francis Schaeffer, wrote Bad News for Modern Man: An Agenda for Christian Activism, a guide for radical Christians. As a writer and filmmaker, Franky Schaeffer (he now prefers Frank) played an important role in the development of the Religious Right.
- A vocal opponent of abortion, he wrote: "Every church should be involved in the prolife movement. Abortion clinics must be picketed nonstop. Doctors who wish to murder the innocent must be harassed and driven from our communities." In 1990, in a move toward religious purity, Schaeffer joined the Greek Orthodox Church. Today, his role as a Christian Right activist has diminished.
- On the other hand, John Whitehead's 1982 book, The Second American Revolution, which sold well over 100,000 copies, helped establish the Rutherford Institute as a leading far-right organization.
- The Second American Revolution contains numerous references to a former Presbyterian minister named Rousas John (R.J.) Rushdoony. A prolific writer, Rushdoony is known as "the father of Christian Reconstruction." He heads an organization called Chalcedon.
- According to Rushdoony's brochure, "The Ministry of Chalcedon," "Chalcedon was instrumental in establishing the Rutherford Institute, the purpose of which is to aid lawyers in the defense of religious liberties." In fact, Rushdoony served as a board member of the Rutherford Institute, and is listed as a speaker at Rutherford conferences.
- In a discussion on Christian Reconstructionism, Dr. Jay Grimstead, president of the Coalition on Revival (COR) said, "We believe that God has given the Bible as a rule book for all society, Christian and non-Christian alike. I concur with most of the Reconstructionist matters; and I am trying to help rebuild society on the Word of God, and loosely, that would be a Reconstructionist orientation in anybody's book."
- In the views of Christian Reconstructionists, every aspect of society, including law, medicine, education, the media, and the arts and entertainment, should be based upon the Reconstructionists' interpretation of the Bible. Strict interpretation includes swift justice for sinners, including the death penalty for abortionists, "unrepentant" homosexuals, and, according to Rushdoony, even "incorrigible sons."
- Alexis I. Crow, an attorney with the Rutherford Institute, told us "John Whitehead is not a Reconstructionist and he never has been." While Whitehead may not be a Reconstructionist, he is apparently Reconstructionist-influenced, or Reconstructionist-oriented. Besides his affiliation with Rushdoony and references to Rushdoony's writings in The Second American Revolution, in the same book Whitehead declares his own Reconstructionist-like beliefs.
- Like Reconstructionists, Whitehead sees the mission of the Christian church as one of domination. "The church," Whitehead writes, "has a mandate from the Creator to be a dominant influence on the whole culture."
- Currently, the Republican Party is fighting for its soul; it is trying to ward off domination by religious extremists. Back in 1982 Whitehead addressed this very issue. "Getting involved in local politics will eventually mean Christians running for office. This will include attending and eventually TAKING CONTROL [emphasis added] of party conventions where grass-roots decisions are made."
- Christian Reconstructionists want to take control of America's legal and educational system. Whitehead concurs. "The challenge of the Christian attorney," he writes, "is to be a vocal, dynamic spokesman for the true legal profession -- the one with Christ at its center -- and to stop at nothing less than reclaiming the whole system."
- On education, Whitehead says, "[T]he public education system, which includes the entire educational structure up through the university level, must be reinstilled with Christian theism." He adds, "If there is little hope of revamping public education -- and this is more than a probability -- then Christians must remove their financial support from the system."
- Rushdoony's influence is apparent in Whitehead's book. When asked if there has been a parting of the ways between Whitehead and Rushdoony, Crow failed to respond.
- There is some confusion about the history of John Whitehead's relationship with COR. A 1986 brochure on COR's "Continental Congress on the Christian World View III," a Fourth of July weekend conference held in Washington, lists Whitehead as a speaker and Steering Committee member. The topic of his talk at the conference was called "Priorities for the Eighties." His photo is included in the brochure.
- Nevertheless, Alexis Crow of Rutherford claims that Whitehead is not, nor ever has been a member of COR, or of COR's Steering Committee. To clear up the matter we called Jay Grimstead, COR's president. "As far as I know," he said, "John was a member in the early years; maybe for a couple of years. At one time, several dispensationalists withdrew. About that time, John's office called and asked that he be taken off." Grimstead added, "I thought he was on then , when we made the brochure."
- "The Rutherford Institute is an organization that defends the rights of ALL religious persons," according to Crow, "regardless of denomination or creed and, as such, has defended, among others, Christians, Jews, atheists, Santerians, Native Americans, and Hare Krishna."
- Her statement is a bewildering one. Many people, such as Unitarian Universalists and people of other liberal religions, feel that there are circumstances where it is their religious duty to have an abortion. How many times has the Rutherford Institute defended religious people who opt for their legal right to have an abortion?
- Other religious people, such as many members of the Metropolitan Community Church, are gay Christians. They believe God has made them homosexual, and accept that as a gift from God, just as others celebrate their heterosexuality. How many times has the Rutherford Institute defended the rights of gays and lesbians?
- Does the Rutherford Institute really defend the rights of all religious people, or do they seek special privileges for Christians -- such as helping Christians discriminate against gays in housing or employment?
- Operating on an annual budget of $8 million, the Rutherford Institute and its team of aggressive lawyers may soon show up in your neighborhood. With about 230 active cases, the institute can be commended for taking on some cases involving true religious liberty. However, it is clear that the organization pursues the agenda originally outlined by John Whitehead and Franky Schaeffer. "We must influence all areas of life including law and politics," Whitehead stated. "We can leave nothing untouched by the Bible."
- Suggested Reading
- Schaeffer, Franky. Bad News for Modern Man: An Agenda for Christian Activism. Crossway Books, 1984.
- Whitehead, John. The Second American Revolution. Crossway Books, 1982.
SPRINGS OF LIFE MINISTRIES: See THE REPORT, above.
SUMMIT MINISTRIES, Box 207, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
- Led by <David Noebel>, formerly of <Billy James Hargis's> Christian Crusade. Summit publishes the "Summit Journal" and is a heavy promoter of the work of <Paul Cameron>. David Noebel is on the Advisory Board of <Colorado for Family Values>.
TRADITIONAL VALUES COALITION, 100 S. Anaheim Blvd., Suite 320, Anaheim, CA 92805. http://www.traditionalvalues.org
- Founded and led by <Lou Sheldon>, TVC has been active in anti-gay and anti-lesbian initiatives and fought school-based counseling program for gay and lesbian teens, Project 10. <Roger Magnuson>, author of "Are Gay Rights Right?" (the copyright to which is held by the <Berean League>), is a frequent contributor to the TVC newsletter. Opposes gay and lesbian rights, reproductive freedom, teaching evolution, and sex education except for abstinence. Newest group is the Heterosexual Ethic in America. Active in DC, Oregon, Colorado and California to outlaw civil rights protections for queers. Now organizing anti-gay initiatives in California and elsewhere. Helped repeal g/l rights in Irvine and Concord, CA. Advocates AIDS quarantine. 25,000 churches nationwide.
[Note from The P.E.R.S.O.N. Project: the following represents an ominous new right-wing intimidation tactic: the McCarthyesque bullying of some to "name names" of others, thereby implicating them and opening them up to harassment and misrepresentation. It would also have a chilling effect on those seeking confidential couselling at the named providers, as well as on the providers themselves, etc. etc.]
In October, 1995 The Catholic Defense League took its quest to obtain more information about a school program for gay students to court.
In a complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court on Tuesday, the Catholic Defense League contends the school district has not provided the league with information about the program despite repeated requests.
So the league is asking a judge to make the district provide the answers to those questions, contending the league has a right to the information under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. The league is also asking the school district to pay a penalty of $10,000 to the league for not providing the information in a timely manner, as required by law, and an additional $1,000 in attorney and other fees.
According to court papers, THE INFORMATION THE LEAGUE WANTS INCLUDES: NAMES OF ALL PROGRAM FACILITATORS AND ADVOCATES AND THE SCHOOLS WHERE THEY WORK; HOW MANY STUDENTS IN THE PROGRAM HAVE BEEN REFERRED FOR COUNSELING AND NAMES OF CLINICS OR COUNSELING PROGRAMS WHERE THEY WERE REFERRED; FUNDING SOURCES FOR THE PROGRAM; A LIST OF CURRENT COUNSELING PROGRAMS IN THE ST. PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS; AND INFORMATION ON WHETHER OTHER STUDENT SUPPORT GROUPS ALSO GET COORDINATORS, FACILITATORS, GUEST SPEAKERS AND LIBRARY RESOURCES.
In a letter to Superintendent Curman Gaines on Sept. 12, Rosemary Kassekert, chairwoman of the league's legal task force, accused the school of misrepresenting the league's position on the school program.
''At no time did the Catholic Defense League state to you or any member of the School Board or any member of the media that the League was against all counseling or against support groups for homosexual youth. AS FAR AS THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE GIVEN US, 'OUT FOR EQUITY,' HAS ONLY ONE TYPE OF COUNSELING ... THAT OF GAY CLINICS AND ORGANIZATIONS WHICH DO NOT AGREE WITH CATHOLIC TEACHING ON HOMOSEXUALITY. THAT IS WHY THE PROGRAM RESTRICTS THE RELIGIOUS RIGHTS OF CATHOLIC PARENTS AND STUDENTS
... "Because our position has been misrepresented, and because the reasoned, compassionate approach we have taken has been virtually ignored, we have resorted to the legal approach of requesting a 'data practices' set of answers to specific questions.''
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