- June 1 - Tuesdayís announcement that Pat Robertson is removing Randy Tate from
the position of executive director of the Christian Coalition is further evidence
of Robertsonís entanglement with Republican Party politics, People For the American
Way Foundation warned.
According to an Associated Press report, Robertson made the
move because of unhappiness with gun control measures passed by the GOP-controlled
Senate. Such action was a victory for moderates in the GOP and a defeat for ideological
Shields noted that the move also comes after the Christian Coalitionís
former President, Don Hodel, stepped down in February after a falling-out with
Robertson. According to published reports, Robertson wrote Hodelís letter of resignation.
"Republican moderates, beware: todayís announcement is
an indication that Pat Robertson will stop at nothing to drive your party over
the ideological cliff," PFAWF President Carole Shields said. "When Pat
Robertson canít even agree with stalwart conservatives Randy Tate and Don Hodel,
to say nothing of the GOP Senate leadership, it is a sign that the leadership
of the Religious Right political movement is on a collision course with mainstream
moderates within the GOP."