Robertson Reclaims Power At Christian Coalition, Tate's Move to DC Reflects Re-Energized
Strategy and Focus on 2000
- June 2 - The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, a national religious leader in the Baptist
tradition and Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance released the following
statement in response to the recent changes in leadership at the Christian Coalition
reported by the Associated Press.
"Yesterday the Associated Press reported that Christian Coalition President and
Founder Pat Robertson has moved Executive Director Randy Tate into the newly created
role of senior vice-president for government relations, moving his responsibilities
and focus from the national headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia to the Coalition's
lobbying offices in Washington, DC.
"To interpret this most recent change in the Christian Coalition's leadership
as disarray or a sign of confusion would be a mistake. The internal realignment
reflects an intense concentration of power, decision-making, and influence. Pat
Robertson has streamlined the chain of command so that he is at the top and center
of the organization. Now Robertson can implement his well-known vision and extreme
agenda into the day to day operations without contradiction and most importantly,
"Eight months ago voters across the country rejected the Christian Coalition's
policy positions and their unethical strategy of manipulating houses of worship
for partisan gain. Instead of retreating, Robertson is renewing and re-energizing
his efforts in preparation for the 2000 elections. In early May, Robertson unveiled
the Coalition's voter mobilization campaign for the 2000 election cycle - 21 Victory.
The centerpiece of the 21 Victory campaign includes the distribution of 70 million
partisan and biased voter guides in houses of worship.
"Clearly, Randy Tate's new mission is to strengthen the Coalition's already powerful
influence in Congress and shore up support for the Coalition's extreme agenda.
Sending Tate to Washington is part of a re-energized, renewed and radical focus
on winning big in the 2000 elections.
The Interfaith Alliance is a national grassroots
organization of people of faith and goodwill dedicated to promoting mutual respect,
cooperation and civility in the life of our nation. From these shared principles,
TIA challenges those who manipulate religion to promote divisive and exclusionary
political agendas. With a membership of 80,000, and local clergy-led Alliances
in 38 states, The Interfaith Alliance is encouraging the active involvement of
people of faith and goodwill in civic life.
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