Phyllis Schlafly, who was brought up as a Roman Catholic, and attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart, married Fred Schlafly, a wealthy lawyer, devout Catholic, and an ultraconservative anti-Communist, in 1949. The Schlaflys raised six children.
The Schlafly’s helped found the Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation (1958), an organization that aimed to organize Catholics to resist the Communist threat. The CMF currently provides information on the secular attacks on faith and family values; persecutions and abuses of human rights around the globe; and upholds the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church.
Phyllis Schlafly received a law degree from Washington University Law School, and a Master’s in Political Science from Harvard University. As of 2008, Phyllis Schlafly continues to be the president of the Eagle Forum.
American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property
The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) was was founded in 1973 by a group of concerned Catholic Americans. The American TFP was formed to resist, in the realm of ideas, the liberal, socialist and communist trends of the times and proudly affirm the positive values of tradition, family and property.
Central to the TFP mission is the idea that the various crises threatening American society and the Church cannot be seen as separate and disjointed.
Link on the site: America needs Fatima.
National Right to Life
The National Right to Life Committee was founded in 1973, in response to the January 1973, US Supreme Court decision legalizing the practice of human abortion in all 50 states, throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. The National Right to Life Committee currently represents over 3000 chapters in
all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
In 1973, with the financial backing of Joseph Coors and Richard Mellon Scaife, Paul Weyrich (Catholic) and Ed Feulner (educated at the Jesuit Regis U. and Jesuit Georgetown U.), founded the Heritage Foundation as a think tank to counterbalance prevailing sentiment on taxation and regulation.
Heritage Foundation has since become one of Washington’s most influential public policy research institutes and very influential in advancing conservative policies.
Heritage Foundation has been funded by a number of conservative foundations such as Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Scaife Foundation, and Castle Rock Foundation (Coors Family).
The Heritage Foundation at 35, Bill Berkowitz, March 3, 2008
Washington, D.C.-based tax-exempt “non-partisan” Republican think tank celebrating three-plus decades of saying no to government and yes to privatization, deregulation, wars, intervention and ‘traditional family values.’
Free Congress Research and Education Foundation,
Free Congress Foundation, FCF
In 1974, Paul Weyrich, with support from Coors, founded the Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress (CSFC), which raised funds for conservative causes extensively through direct mail campaigns, and recruited and cultivated activists and support for social conservative causes from evangelical Christian churches.
The CSFC became the Free Congress Research and Education (FCF for short), and focused on conservative social values, to complement the Heritage Foundation which Weyrich had also founded.
According to the Free Congress Flyer, FCF is a Washington DC think tank that is both politically and culturally conservative, whose main focus is on the Culture War and traditional, Judeo-Christian, Western culture.
American Family Association
“…And then one summer later, 1977, I remember Dad leaving the pastoral ministry to start the National Federation for Decency.
“Some years later that organization became American Family Association…The purpose of AFA is to educate Christians about the growing influence of secular humanism and moral relativism on our culture, and to show them ways to get involved to fight back…”—The life and times of…ah…me, Tim Wildmon, AFA President, American Family Association Journal, Nov/Dec 2003, p. 31
“I was talking with a friend of mine the other day. We were talking about the 2008 presidential race and politics in general…I know many of you who are Christians and are fighting the culture war just as we are at AFA…”
—Cultural warriors can’t give up, Tim Wildmon, AFA President, American Family Association Journal, April 2007, p. 22]
In 1978, Paul Weyrich (Catholic) and Robert Grant (Baptist Minister) co-founded Christian Voice, a national political lobby and educational organization that represented traditional American values in Congress, and helped the Christian Right group to influence federal and state governments.
Christian Voice was the originator and developer of the “Congressional Report Card” and the “Candidates Scorecard,” and pioneered grassroots action through use of the “Church Networking Guide.” Gary L. Jarmin is the Current President.
“Among the largest and most influential of the groups trying to re-establish the nation’s Christian foundation is Christian Voice.”—Dan Rather, CBS News
[Note: Wikipedia on Christian Voice says Dr. Robert Grant, Gary Jarmin and Colonel Donor founded Christian Voice, but wikipedia on Paul Weyrich says it was Weyrich and Grant.]
Regent University was founded by the American televangelist Pat Robertson in 1978 as CBN University.
Regent University’s Religious life
But chapel is at the heart of Regent’s mission…to train “Christian leaders to change the world.”
Since the University is non-denominational, no one Christian tradition predominates. Indeed, many churches and faiths are represented by members of the Regent family, including Assemblies of God, Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Lutheran, and Presbyterian, among others.
Moral Majority 1979–1989
Apparently, there was a struggle for control of the Christian Voice advocacy group, and Robert Grant kicked out Paul Weyrich and three others.
In 1979, Weyrich, urged televangelist Jerry Falwell to found Moral Majority—
the beginning of the New Christian Right.
—Martin, William, With God on Our Side; Sara, Diamond, Roads to Dominion
The Moral Majority was a US political organization made up of conservative Christian political action committees which campaigned on issues its personnel believed were important to maintaining its Christian conception of moral law—thinking that it represented the opinions of the majority of Americans.
The Moral Majority was dissolved in 1989, but lives on in the Christian Coalition network started by Pat Robertson.
Jerry Falwell (Founder), Richard Viguerie, Paul Weyrich, Robert Grant, Pat Robertson, Tim LaHaye, Beverly LaHaye, Judith A. Reisman, Charles Stanley, and James Kennedy, were notable people within the movement.
In Blinded By Might, Cal Thomas (VP of the Moral Majority from 1980 to 1985), discussed the role of the Moral Majority in American politics of the 1980s.
Rev. Falwell’s Moral Majority: How it changed politics and religion
By Patricia Zapor, Catholic News Service, May18, 2007
Concerned Women for America, Beverly LaHaye
Beverly LaHaye founded Concerned Women for America (CWA) in 1979. The mission of CWA is to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens—first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society—thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation.
Traditional Values Coalition
The Traditional Values Coalition site claims to be the largest non-denomina-
tional, grassroots church lobby in America. TVC was founded in 1980, by Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, Chairman and puts an emphasis on the restoration of the values needed to maintain strong, unified families.
Traditional Values Coalition is a lobbying organization, and its sister organization, Traditional Values Coalition Education & Legal Institute, is a foundation dedicated to educating and supporting churches in their efforts to restore America’s cultural heritage.
Rev. Sheldon and Andrea S. Lafferty work regularly with members of the House and Senate and their staffs on a variety of pro-family issues of concern to churches and the grassroots. Andrea…is responsible for setting TVC’s legislative agenda and formulation of policies and strategies that promote a Judeo-Christian worldview.
“A strong voice of the traditional values that have been the foundation of America’s greatness is essential if we are to have good government policy. We need to have these values expressed and no organization does that better in Congress than Traditional Coalition.”
—John Ashcroft, Former US Attorney General
Family Research Council, Defending Faith, Family and Freedom
The Family Research Council (FRC), a conservative Christian think-tank and public policy foundation (political offshoot of Focus on the Family), was founded by Dr. James Dobson and Gerald P. Regier in 1983, to promote (lobby for) marriage and family and the sanctity of human life in national policy.
FRC is based in Washington, D.C. Jerry Regier became FRC’s first president. The founding board included Dr. Dobson and two noted psychiatrists, Armand Nicholi Jr. of Harvard University and George Rekers of the University of South Carolina medical school.
Family Research Council (FRC) was founded as an organization dedicated to the promotion of marriage and family and the sanctity of human life in national policy. Through books, pamphlets, media appearances, public events, debates and testimony, FRC’s team of experienced policy experts review data and analyze proposals that impact family law and policy in Congress and the executive branch.
American Family Coalition, Rev. Moon
The American Family Coalition is a national grassroots leadership alliance, with a diverse network of community and faith-based organizations in all 50 states, working for the renewal and strengthening of marriage and family. It is funded by the Washington Times Foundation and founded by Moon in 1984.
Our mission is to renew American families and communities through character education, model public policies and faith-based action embodying the principle of living for the sake of others.
…In the last several years alone, AFC has sponsored more than 80 American Leadership Conferences reaching over 10,000 leaders.
The group, based in Concord, North Carolina, promotes an anti-abortion agenda by conducting mass protests at abortion clinics. In 2005, Terry joined the Roman Catholic Church.
On August 10, 1998, Norma McCorvey—who was “Jane Roe” in the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, affirmed that she had converted to Roman Catholicism.
In 1999, current leader Flip Benham changed the name of Operation Rescue to Operation Save America.
Family Research Council merges
In 1988 FRC merged with and became a division of Focus on the Family. Jesuit educated, Gary L. Bauer, former Under Secretary of Education and domestic policy adviser to President Reagan, assumed leadership of FRC.
The DeVos and Prince families of Western Michigan, helped financially to establish FRC in the heart of Washington, D.C., as well as opened a distribution center in Holland, Michigan…
In 2000, Kenneth L. Connor was appointed the third president. Kenneth attracted prominent scholars to partner with FRC…and promoted the Witherspoon Fellowship. Under his leadership the Fellowship rose to new influence as a…training ground for future cultural and civic leaders.
Tony R. Perkins became the fourth and current president in 2003…
Tony brought the profound conviction that campaigns to protect the family and the church could not succeed without a renewal of cultural engagement among the pastorate.
American Collegians for Life, Students for Life of America
Students for Life of America was founded in 1988 as “American Collegians for Life” by some students at the Jesuit Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
Christian Coalition of America, Rev. Pat Robertson
The Christian Coalition of America, a US Christian political advocacy group, includes Christian fundamentalists, evangelicals, neo-evangelicals, charismatics, Roman Catholics and members of mainline Protestant churches.
Originally called Christian Coalition, Inc., CCA, was founded in 1989, by Rev. Pat Robertson (president until 2001), and Republican activist Ralph Reed became the spokesman.
National Clergy Council
The National Clergy Council is a network of church leaders from Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox and Protestant traditions. Our Shared Mission is to bring classical Christian moral instruction to bear on the conversation and debate surrounding public policy and to mobilize the clergy for effective witness and work in the public square.
Evangelical Catholics, by Keith A. Fournier 1990
Catholic Deacon, Keith Fournier calls all evangelicals to the cooperative effort of battling an “increasingly pagan world.” Foreword by Charles Colson.
Acton Institute for the study of religion and liberty
The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty is an international educational and public policy organization…which organizes seminars around the world for seminarians representing many Christian denominations promoting an understanding of the ethical dimensions of the free market economy.
Acton Institute’s Ten Core Principles, Integrating Judeo-Christian Truths with Free Market Principles, #10 is called the priority of Culture.
AI President, Fr. Robert A. Sirico (M Div., Catholic University of America), co-founded the Acton Institute with Kris Alan Mauren (St. Thomas the Apostle Church; member of The Philadelphia Society and Council for National Policy), in 1990. Father Sirico is currently pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan…
FRC Action (formerly American Renewal)
FRC Action was created in 1992 as a non-profit organization to educate the general public and cultural leaders about traditional American values and issues affecting those values under debate in the nation’s capital and in the states.
FRC and FRC Action have a constant presence in Washington, D.C. Our staff includes a Government Affairs department that lobbies Congress and is in continual contact with the White House. FRC Action and Focus on the Family Action are working together to defend marriage, life, and other family values.
While FRC and Focus on the Family are both dedicated to promoting family values and uplifting the family, FRC is a public policy organization in Washington, D.C. that defends and promotes the pro-family agenda.
Alliance Defense Fund
Strategy and Coordination Makes a Difference; The Power of Alliance
The Alliance Defense Fund was founded in 1994, by leaders of more than 35 ministries, including the late Dr. Bill Bright, the late Larry Burkett, Dr. James Dobson, the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, and the late Marlin Maddoux, Gary Bauer, Donald Wildmon.
The Religious Right Goes to Court—Conservative Christian Legal Groups, Humanist, by Sara Diamond May–June, 1944
ADF’s headquarters are in Phoenix. Alan Sears is the president, CEO, and general counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF).
Alliance Defense Fund co-sponsored Values Voter Summit 2008
Center for Reclaiming America for Christ 1995–2007
Three of the 10 Truths About Christians And Politics
1. The Foundation of Government and Politics is Religion
2. Christianity Makes the Best Foundation for Law and Politics
8. Christians have the Duty to Speak Truth to Power
James Kennedy’s Christian Crusade, Bill Berkowitz, March 12, 2005
TV Evangelist’s ministerial and media empire claim US a ‘Christian nation’, don’t believe in the separation of church and state, and aims to extend political reach.
D. James Kennedy: Reclaiming America for Christ, Skipp Porteous
Wall Builders Pro Family Network
David Barton’s Wall Builders Pro Family Legislative Network serves pro-family legislators and leaders as they enact policies to strengthen America’s families and communities, and was launched in 1996.
The Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society
In October 1997, John A. Howard resigned as president of Rockford College and with then-Rockford Institute President, Allan C. Carlson, formed The Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society, a non-profit research center that provides research…that demonstrates…affirms family and religion as the foundation of a virtuous and free society.
The Howard Center, is the founder and co-convener of the World Congress of Families, publishes The Family in America, New Research, and The Religion & Society Report and operates the John L. Swan Library on Family and Culture…
John Howard‘s memberships have included Phi Beta Kappa…Chief Executives Forum, The Philadelphia Society, (President of it 1979-80), The Bohemian Club, The Mt. Pelerin Society.
A frequent speaker for national programs, John Howard has given…the Commencement Address at Brigham Young University’s Centennial Celebration…and two Lakeside Talks at the Bohemian Grove.
Dr. Allan C. Carlson is president of The Howard Center. Carlson served as General Secretary of The World Congress of Families (WCF), held March, 1997, in Prague, The Czech Republic.
Carlson has…lectured for Colgate University, Moscow Lomonosov University, City-University (Sweden), Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Grove City College, Hillsdale College, University of Wisconsin, The North American College (the Vatican), Wabash College, Hastings College, Brigham Young University, Georgetown University, The Swedish Employers Federation, The Children’s Defense Fund, The Kellogg Foundation, the North American Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, The Australian Family Association, The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines…
Click to read some Howard Center links.
World Congress of Families II
The Howard Center is the originator of World Congress of Families which draws from many national, ethnic, cultural, social and religious communities, to affirm that the natural human family is established by the Creator and essential to good society. We address ourselves to all people of good will who, with the majority of the world’s people, value the natural family.
World Family Policy Center
The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies and the J. Reuben Clark School of Law, in partnership with the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University, have established World Family Policy Center to provide world-wide democratic input and effectively educate the United Nations on pro-family and other value-based issues. Dr. Richard G. Wilkins is the director of World Family Policy Center.
Center for Cultural Leadership, P. Andrew Sandlin
Transforming Christians to Transform Cultures
Andrew Sandlin founded Center for Cultural Leadership (CCL) in 2001, with the conviction that only eminently equipped cultural leaders will actually create a new Christian culture—and that only transformed Christians can transform the present anti-Christian culture of the West…
The Center for Cultural Leadership believes that culture should be Christian…Christian is what Western culture was for 1000 years, and this is what it should be today. This means that Christians should lead the culture—as fathers, mothers, college students, businessmen, attorneys, pastors, educators, software writers, salesmen, technicians, politicians, physicians, clerks, and so forth.
P. Andrew Sandlin, B.A., M.A., Distinguished Fellow of Culture & Philosophy an ordained minister, is president of the Center for Cultural Leadership…Christian school administrator, president of the National Reform Association, and executive vice president of the Chalcedon Foundation.
White House Faith-Based & Community Initiative
Office of faith-based and community initiatives
January 29, 2001, President Bush created the White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives and Centers for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in eleven Federal agencies to lead a determined attack on need by strengthening and expanding the role of FBCOs in providing social services…
Executive Order 13199 created the White House Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives on January 29, 2001.
Executive order 13198 created five Centers for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives on January 29, 2001.
Centers for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Executive Order 13280 created two Centers for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives on December 12, 2002.
Executive Order 13279 requires equal protection for faith-based and community organizations as of December 12, 2002.
The Arlington Group
The Arlington Group was founded in 2002, mainly through the efforts of Donald Wildmon (American Family Association) and Paul Weyrich (Catholic Chairman of Free Congress Foundation Foundation, and organizer of several conservative value groups).
The Arlington Group is a coalition which unites the leaders of almost all of the most prominent Christian Right (pro-family) organizations in the United States, and seeks to establish consensus goals and strategy among its members and translate its combined constituency into an overwhelming force within the Republican Party, particularly at its highest levels.
Leaders include James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Gary Bauer of American Values, Bill Bennett of Empower America, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Sandy Rios of Concerned Women for America and Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, Chuck Colson.
The Arlington Group by Paul Weyrich, December 3, 2004
The Arlington Group has adopted the coalition style of operations which was pioneered by the Free Congress Foundation more than Thirty years ago. There is no formal structure. The meeting is by invitation only.
The Arlington Group, whose membership and purpose overlaps to a high degree with the Council for National Policy, remains one of Washington’s most powerful conservative groups and the first effective combination of themajor religious right organizations.
Some Arlington Information Links:
Click here to view some of Arlington Group’s membership
Coalition seeks to reframe GOP race; Leaders of secretive group interview 2008 candidates, Scott Helman, Globe Staff March 25, 2007
Generation Joshua! A Generation to change the Culture
Generation Joshua is equipping youth who want to make an impact in our nation in the civic and political arenas.
Inspired by Mike Farris’ book The Joshua Generation, Generation Joshua was founded in 2003 by Farris, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) President, Mike Smith, and the HSLDA Board of Trustees.
World Congress of Families
Mexico City March 2004
Centers for Faith-Based and Community Initiative
Executive Order 13342 created three new Centers for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives at the Departments of Commerce and Veterans Affairs and the Small Business Administration on June 1, 2004.
David Caprara, former president of Moon’s American Family Coalition, now directs the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives for the federal government’s Corporation for National and Community Service. That agency runs, among other things, AmeriCorps Vista, which works with community organizations in low-income neighborhoods, and has emerged as a key player
in Bush’s faith-based initiative, handing out $61 million to faith-based organizations in fiscal year 2003.— from Moonies knee-deep in faith-based funds, Pushing celibacy, marriage counseling under Bush plan, by Don Lattin, Chronicle Religion Writer, October 3, 2004
Redeem the vote, Randy Brinson
Redeem the Vote is a Christian right organization founded by Randy Brinson during the 2004 presidential campaign to register young evangelical Christians to vote, using the model of MTV’s youth-vote Rock the Vote campaign. The organization reports an email list of 71 million names.
By October 2004, Redeem the Vote had enlisted 47 Contemporary Christian music groups, including Steven Curtis Chapman, Point of Grace, Jeremy Camp…to register young evangelicals and promote political participation.
Sponsors included Sean Hannity and Fox News, the American Tract Society, Focus on the Family, FamilyNet and the Gospel Music Association. Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship and Gary Bauer of American Values were members of the national advisory board.
A video message recorded by Christ portrayer Jim Caviezel, was emailed and also shown in churches across the country.
In addition to founding the Center for Moral Clarity, Rodney Lee Parsley is senior pastor of World Harvest Church, a Pentecostal megachurch in Columbus, Ohio and also founder of Breakthrough Media Ministries, Bridge of Hope Missions, World Harvest Bible College, Harvest Preparatory School, World Harvest Church Ministerial Fellowship, Metro Harvest Church, Latin Harvest Church, Reformation Ohio and The Women’s Clinic of Columbus.
ACT 3 Advancing the Christian Tradition in the Third Millennium
In 2005, Reformation & Revival Ministries, was re-named ACT 3, by founder and President, John Armstrong.
2 of ACT 3s goals:
1. To advance worship in culturally accessible forms…
3. …to engage both people and culture with the story of Jesus Christ
John Armstrong has served as the editor-in-chief of ACT 3 Review: A Journal for Faith, Church and Culture since its origin in 1992. John is a member of several fellowships and societies, including the World Reformed Fellowship, Karl Barth Society, John Calvin Society, Alban Institute, Abraham Lincoln Forum.
Faith-Based & Community Initiatives at DHS
Executive Order 13397 created a new Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives at the Department of Homeland Security on March 7, 2006.
Center for Christ and Culture
The Center for Christ & Culture launched by S. Michael Craven , President, in 2006, seeks to edify Christians by teaching them how to translate Craven’s truths into every sphere of life and culture, and enable Christians to engage culture intelligently and persuasively in an effort to transform it.
World Congress of Families
Warsaw 2007: World Congress of Families IV
Warsaw, Poland, 11-13 May 2007
Europe’s Last Best Hope In The Battle For The Family
Join representatives of these organizations in helping to make World Congress
of Families IV a world-changing event:
The Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, Concerned Women For America, International Campaign for the Family, Heritage Foundation, Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, Familias Y Sociedad (Mexico), Religious Freedom Coalition, The Howard Center For Family, Religion and Society, European Federation for the Family (Switzerland), Family First Foundation,
Red Familia (Mexico), Family Caucus, World Family Policy Center, Don Feder Associates, United Families International, Church of God – Family Ministries, Latin American Alliance for Families (Venezula), and Polish Federation of Pro-Life Movements (Poland)
Click to read more about funding, sponsors, and supporters of World Family Congress
Capitol Prayer (24 hours a day, 365 days of the year) is a new program the Christian Law Association is launching for 2009.
Please begin to pray now about participating in this important effort to beseech God to intervene and save America from the destructive cultural influences in our land…
World Congress of Families 2009
World Congress of Families, August 2009 in Amsterdam.
To date, 21 pro-family groups—including the largest in the United States—have chosen to formally affiliate and work with the Congress, and help us to build a truly international pro-family movement.
The Management Committee, which has ultimate oversight of the Congress, consists of Allan Carlson, Janice Crouse (Senior Fellow, Beverly LaHaye Institute, Concerned Women for America), Paul Mero (President, Sutherland Institute), William Saunders (Senior Fellow & Human Rights Counsel, Family Research Council) and Christine Vollmer (President, Latin American Alliance for Families).
[This post is research to go along with “The Real Presence in the Eucharist: Evangelization of America through Culture” post on my Justthebook blog.]