Freedom Writer - March 1995
Pat Robertson's empire
Pat Robertson has a mammoth media, educational, and legal empire with
an estimated value of a billion dollars. These enterprises work hand
in hand to further Robertson's agenda.
Robertson's message is carried daily on the "700 Club" talk/news program,
via his (now private, for profit) Family Channel, broadcast on almost
10,000 cable systems and reaching some 59 million homes.
The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), producer of the "700 Club,"
was founded in 1977. The network changed its name to the Family Channel
in 1989. To protect the tax-exempt status of CBN, Pat Robertson and
his son, Tim, 40, spun off the Family Channel in 1990, legally separating
it from CBN. In 1992, the Robertsons began selling shares of stock
for the Family Channel, which will result in a payoff of over $500
million for CBN. The Robertsons who also own a block of stock, will
likely accrue millions in profits.
Robertson also runs Standard News, a secular news bureau working in
tandem with Reuters, which is aired on more than 400 radio stations.
A different version of Standard News is distributed to Christian stations.
Regent University, founded by Robertson, has on its sprawling campus
a journalism school and law school. Regent receives funding from Coors
beer through the Coors Foundation.
The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) is a legal advocacy group
founded to aggressively promote the Christian Right agenda through
the courts. The ACLJ is Pat Robertson's response to the ACLU.
"Someone has got to stop the ACLU in court," Robertson said. "And
that's exactly what we are going to do at the American Center for
Law and Justice. Our attorneys are defending Christians in courtrooms
all across America."
The ACLJ is headed by Keith Fournier, Esq. Jay Sekulow, Esq., serves
as its general counsel. The ACLJ absorbed Concerned Women for America's
legal staff when CWA disbanded that aspect of its work.
Sekulow boasts of having SWAT teams, which he defines as "spiritual
warfare assault teams," to defend religious liberty and fight anti-Christian
Using leased and chartered jets, lawyers from the ACLJ's Virginia
Beach headquarters leave at a moment's notice to defend its agenda
anywhere in the nation.
The ACLJ is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public-interest law firm and educational
organization. Contributions are tax-deductible.
The ACLJ's main office occupies the fourth floor of Regent University
in Virginia Beach. There are regional offices in Atlanta, Mobile,
Phoenix, Nashville, and New Hope, Kentucky (a suburb of Louisville
-- this office handles most of the ACLJ's anti-abortion cases), as
well as a legislative office in Washington, DC.
According to the Rev. Paul Chaim Schenck, chief operations officer,
the ACLJ staff includes 17 full-time lawyers and more than 500 affiliated
lawyers. (Paul Schenck, well-known for his anti-abortion activities,
joined the ACLJ last year. He told _The_Freedom_Writer_ that at the
ACLJ they like to call him by his middle name, Chaim.)
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