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By: Marilyn Burge Re: For your info... ======================================================================== Forwarded here by Marilyn Burge (1:105/40.666) ======================================================================== Area: A_THEIST Date: 22 Jan 96 23:42:48 Public From: christopher baker To: All Subject: Christian Coalition Numbers ======================================================================== * Copy of message posted via NETMAIL * Date: 22 Jan 96 06:49:03 * From: sumner@rochgte.fidonet.org * To: christopher baker @ 1:374/14 * Message text was not edited! From: Charles Sumner Reply-To: sumner@rochgte.fidonet.org @Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 11:49:03 @Message-Id: <822345985.AA07590@rochgte.fidonet.org> @Subject: Christian Coalition Numbers @To: chstate@ecunet.org AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 3, 1996 Contact: Joseph Conn or Rob Boston (202) 466-3234 CHRISTIAN COALITION GROSSLY EXAGGERATES ITS MEMBERSHIP; DUES-PAYING MEMBERS ACTUALLY DROPPED IN 1995, MAGAZINE REPORTS Ralph Reed, call your office: Over 1.3 million Christian Coalition members are missing! According to a report in Church & State magazine, dues-paying Christian Coalition members are far fewer in number than claimed by the organization, and the group's membership actually dropped dramatically in 1995. The January Church & State reports that paid membership in the Christian Coalition fell from 353,703 in September 1994 to 310,296 in September 1995. The watchdog magazine said its information comes from the Christian Coalition's own publication, the Christian American. The U.S. Postal Service requires all publications that are mailed at the second-class postage rate to publish subscription and sales information each year. The Christian American's officially reported circulation figures do not square with claims made by the Christian Coalition in its press releases and other public statements. In those publicity efforts, the organization has claimed that its membership increased from 1.2 million in 1994 to 1.7 million in 1995. The higher figures, however, appear to be bogus. The Christian American is sent to anyone who contributes as little as $15 a year. If the Christian Coalition currently has 1.7 million "members," more than 1.3 million have apparently not paid their dues and are not receiving the organization's flagship publication. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, charged that the Christian Coalition is grossly inflating its actual membership in order to increase its political influence and appear to be a growing movement. "Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition has set a well-established pattern of deception in many of its activities," said Lynn. "Wildly inflating its membership figures is just part of that deplorable practice. "There's no doubt that the Christian Coalition is a powerful force in the Republican Party and American politics generally," Lynn continued. "But it has achieved that power in part by casting aside the truth." Church & State is the monthly magazine of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Founded in 1947, Americans United is a Washington, D.C.-based organization devoted to the preservation of religious liberty. This press release may be distributed only in its entirety and may not be edited or altered in form or content. Please contact Americans United for Separation of Church and State at (202) 466-3234 for further information. AmerUnited@aol.com; sumner@rochgte.fidonet.org -- ===================================================================== NOTICE from Gateway Postmaster: This Gateway will CEASE operation on March 1, 1996, and your address will NOT be valid after that date. The SysOp of your system should File-Request 'HELP' from 1:1/31 for information on continuing service! ===================================================================== ... Heaven for climate; Hell for company. Mark Twain

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