Freedom Writer _Road_to_Victory_roundup_ David Barton David Barton, founder and president
David Barton, founder and president of the Texas-based Wallbuilders,
often dresses in red, white, and blue attire. His presentation focused
on defending the Religious Right's agenda. "We're dead right, center,
mainstream Americans," Barton said. "This is what people have wanted
for years and years and years." Featuring slides of old paintings
of the Founding Fathers, Barton's powerful presentations are overly
biased toward religious establishment. He claims that years ago "the
opening prayer session in Congress lasted for hours and hours." Barton
is the author of _The_Myth_of_Separation_, a popular book attacking
the separation between church and state. Strangely, the official position
of the Christian Coalition is now supportive of separation, yet Barton
is still invited to speak at the Coalition's conferences.
Gary Bauer heads the Washington, DC-based Family Research Council,
an affiliate of Focus on the Family. "If you don't remember anything
else I say today," Bauer told the Christian Coalition delegates, "remember
this: I am absolutely convinced that your values will prevail." Bauer's
presentation served as a reminder that the fall of Soviet communism
precipitated the conservative movement's shift in focus from communism
to American domestic policies. In Bauer's group, for example, abortion
and gay rights are the main focus. Closing his talk with a warning,
Bauer said, "I'm not afraid that we will take over the Republican
Party; I'm afraid the Republican Party, or some other party down the
road, may take us over." Bauer supports a third-party option in case
the Republicans "go off the rails."
Judge Robert Bork, whose nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court was
defeated in a heated battle between liberals and conservatives, spoke
about the American judicial system. "Most Americans aren't aware,"
Bork said, "that a struggle for dominance between a philosophy of
reading the Constitution as it was originally understood, or reading
it in accord with the philosophies of modern liberalism, that struggle
is being waged in our law schools, where our judges are being [sic]
trained for the last 40 years. The heroes of the professors are Earl
Warren, William Brennan, and Harry Blackmun. Definitely not William
Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas. Both Bill [Clinton]
and Hillary [Rodham] were my students when I taught at Yale. Well,
I no longer say they were my students; I say they were in the room."
Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN): "There is something terribly wrong in America
today, when our children in school learn everything about condoms,
and nothing about the Ten Commandments. Now, you're going to hear
most of the Republican presidential candidates. They're going to address
issues that are important. I would like to give you one piece of advice:
listen carefully to their words, but also carefully weigh their actions.
The Scriptures have instructed us, 'by their fruits you shall know
them.' I've invested a very significant part of my life — more than
I ever intended — in the issue and career of politics. I believe,
for me, it's a Biblical mandate. The next step in the Republican revolution
is to ... fund the indispensable, irreplaceable role played by faith-based
institutions in renewing American society."
Convicted Watergate felon Chuck Colson is president of Prison Fellowship
Ministries. He told the audience that he changed his affiliation from
Republican to Democrat just before he went to prison. "The truth was,"
he said, "I couldn't stand seeing a Republican in prison." "I have
enormous respect for this movement called the Christian Coalition,"
Colson continued. "You guys are really doing it right. Not starting
from the top and trying to tell everybody in the country what to do,
but rather, getting involved in the political process. Augustine told
us that Christians are to be the best of citizens, because we do out
of the love of God what others do only because they are forced to.
We belong in this business."
Outside of California, Congressman Robert Dornan may be the least
recognized of the long line of Republican Presidential candidates.
Shown here without the red beard he sometimes sports, Dornan is the
subject of the book _Shut_Up,_Fag!_ According to Dornan Watch, "This
book is one of the most extraordinary collections of public statements
ever uttered by an elected official. As a testament to Dornan's record
as a representative, this book will shock Republicans and Democrats
alike." "Now," Dornan said before Congress on October 19, 1990, "as
a stumbling, sinning, but loyal Catholic, I have had it up to here,
Mr. Speaker, with the bigotry in this country, approved by the dominant
media culture against Christianity in general, but with a special
focus on the largest of all Christian denominations, and the oldest,
the Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic faith."
Keith Fournier is the executive director of Pat Robertson's legal
arm, the American Center for Law & Justice. He is the author of _A_
House_United:_Evangelicals_and_Catholics_Together_. An evangelical
Roman Catholic, Fournier leads the Christian Coalition's newest endeavor,
the Catholic Alliance. Fournier's mission is two-fold: to bridge
the gap between Catholics and Protestants, and to "proclaim the truth"
of Christianity in every area of American society. "In any discussion
of religious freedom," Fournier writes in _A_House_United_, "the issue
of what has come to be called the 'separation between church and state'
always comes into play. Though I affirm the separation between church
and state, I strongly oppose the growing effort to separate religion
from public life. It is an ominous step toward religious cleansing."
Alan Keyes is the host of "America's Wakeup Call," a nationally syndicated
radio show. He and Pat Buchanan, another talk show host, are closest
in ideology of all the Republican presidential hopefuls. Keyes, with
his preacher-like speaking style, received enthusiastic support from
the Christian Coalition audience. His message focused on "choosing
a winner" versus choosing the candidate who is "right." "Nothing is
more important than the marriage-based family," Keyes said. "Why on
earth would you put your seal of approval behind people who put it
on the back burner, and give it the back seat, and only talk about
it when you force them to? What's the matter with you?" Keyes called
for abolition of the income tax, replacing it with sales taxes. This,
he claims, will give families more money, helping to keep them intact.
Howard Phillips, head of the Conservative Caucus and the U.S. Taxpayers
Party, appeared briefly as an observer. Though an important Washington-based
Radical Religious Right operative, Phillips' formation of a third
party currently runs contrary to the mission of the Christian Coalition,
which is to take over the Republican Party. Prominent Religious Right
leaders, such as James Dobson, Gary Bauer, and Chuck Colson, have
issued warnings that if the Republicans fail to nominate "prolife"
candidates for both president and vice president, they may support
a third party ticket. Phillips' U.S. Taxpayers Party will hold its
convention next year in San Diego on the heels of the Republican National
Convention. Potential nominees include Pat Buchanan, Alan Keyes,
Bob Dornan, and Howard Phillips.
Phyllis Schlafly, president of the Eagle Forum, called "the sanctity
of life" the "central moral issue of our time." At conception, she
claimed, DNA testing can tell whether a baby is a male or female.
"The Declaration of Independence that proclaims that our Creator created
us and gave us our inalienable rights is our founding document," she
said. "And you have to ask yourself, 'When did we get those rights?'
It wasn't at birth, because sometimes babies pop out sooner, and we
find out they're babies after all, even if they show up at seven months
instead of nine. You began your life when the DNA of your father joined
the DNA of your mother." Schlafly appealed to keep the prolife plank
in the Republican Party and called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Jay Sekulow is chief counsel of Pat Robertson's legal arm, the American
Center for Law & Justice. An ardent defender of religious liberty
and the Religious Right, Sekulow has argued and won six cases before
the U.S. Supreme Court. In one case — _Mergens_v._Board_of_Education_
— he successfully defended the right of students to hold Bible and
prayer clubs at public schools. "There is a new sense of revival breaking
forth in this land," Sekulow said. "There is a new sense of Biblical
conviction addressing the issues of the day; and for that we must
be pleased, for the Lord will honor what we do, as long as we are
obedient." Sekulow and Robertson founded the American Center for
Law & Justice to counter the American Civil Liberties Union. Some
observers see it as a tool to push Robertson's agenda.
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