Thursday, April 13, 2006
Here are the Top 20 "Christian" organizations and their leaders, according to some pub called The Church Report, via Agape Press, which heralds this motley crew as "20 Reasons There Is Hope for America."
If you're a regular Blender, most of these names are familiar to you. I added more interesting information to the descriptions; the originals in the article were pretty dry...
1 TONY PERKINS
President of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. AgapePress acknowledges that FRC has the ear of many members of Congress, the White House, and Christians nationwide.
FUN FACT: Tony Perkins (l.) paid David Duke $82K for the former Klansman honcho's mailing list.
2 DR. RICK SCARBOROUGH
Dr. Rick Scarborough, founder of Vision America, recently held the wingnut extravaganza "The War on Christians and the Values Voter in 2006." A choice quote from RIck: "A war on Christians rages across the America. By attacking Christians, the left intends to destroy the remnants of Judeo-Christian morality.The left intends to eliminate God-based morality from our government to achieve its goal of cultural Marxism in a secular state."
3 ALAN E. SEARS
Alan E. Sears is president, CEO and general counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, a foul, fundie legal group that is sponsoring The Day of Truth, to be held on April 27th, as a "counter the promotion of the homosexual agenda and express an opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective." What ADF is countering is The Day of Silence, a project of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the United States Student Association.
4 MATHEW D. STAVER
Mathew D. Staver, founder, president and general counsel of Liberty Counsel, Jerry Falwell's legal arm. He asserts that the Soulforce Equality Riders are "trying to hijack the civil rights movement by suggesting that they are somehow aligned with civil rights by taking this nationwide tour and then making a very political, very confrontational attack on Christian schools and universities."
5 ROY S. MOORE
"Ten Commandments" Moore is the disgraced, de-benched Chief Justice of Alabama and a gubernatorial candidate this year. Roy declared homosexuality "abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature." Gay sex, he wrote, is "an act so heinous that it defies one's ability to describe it," an "inherent evil" that "should never be tolerated."
6 JAY SEKULOW
Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and shill for the nomination of SCOTUS Justice Samuel Alito. He was named one of the "25 Most Influential Evangelicals" in America by Time Magazine. ACLJ was founded by Crazy Pat Robertson.
FUN FACTS: Sekulow is a member of Jews for Jesus, and his first appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court was in the 1987 case of Board of Airport Commissioners v. Jews For Jesus. That victory allowed the organization the right to distribute pamphlets in airports. Sekulow helped draft the Defense of the Marriage Act, which passed both houses and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996.
7 JOYCE MEYER
Joyce Meyer is an author and head of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Another one of Time's "25 Most Influential Evangelicals" in America. She believes that you choose heterosexuality or homosexuality. See this hilarious interview with Larry King. Quote: "Obviously, Larry, if I believe the Bible, then I don't believe that a gay lifestyle or a homosexual lifestyle is the right way to choose to live. I believe that there's something so much better."
8 DR. D. JAMES KENNEDY
The Center for Reclaiming America for Christ was established by Kennedy, is an extension of his Coral Ridge Ministries. He also runs the Center for Christian Statesmanship, a "training lab" to create pod people politicians of tomorrow: "They learn to view every vote as a religious duty, and to consider compromise a sin. That puts them at the vanguard of a bold effort by evangelical conservatives to mold a new generation of leaders who will answer not to voters, but to God."
9 DOUG PHILLIPS
The founder and director of Vision Forum, "a discipleship and training ministry that emphasizes Christian apologetics, world-view training, multi-generational faithfulness, and creative solutions whereby fathers can play a maximum role in family discipleship." Never heard of the guy. Quote: "Every age has its defining crisis. Sin is always at the heart of the crisis. But the manifestation of sin expresses itself differently from age to age. The defining crisis of our age is the systematic annihilation of the Biblical family."
10 DAVID BARTON
Founder and President of WallBuilders, a "pro-family", anti-choice organization. WallBuilders seeks to "rebuild America's constitutional, moral and religious foundations," and "to exert a direct and positive influence in government, education, and the family by (1) educating the nation concerning the Godly foundation of our country." He was a speaker at last year's Reclaiming America for Christ conference, put on by D. James Kennedy.
11 REV. ROBERT L. SCHENCK
President and Co-Founder of the National Clergy Council and President and Founder of Faith and Action. He was sorry to see Tom DeLay step down, because he is "at his core a very good man" and "a very fine Christian" who has provided exemplary service. "I wrote him a letter today," Schenck notes, "and I told him how much he will be missed, that we thank God for his years of leadership. He did an excellent job, and the country will be at a loss for his absence."
12 REV. LOUIS P. SHELDON
Chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition, whose obsession over gay sex rivals Peter LaBarbera's. He ties gays to pedophilia whenever possible. There are so many posts on this clown on the Blend. Here's a link to several. He has Congress, Ken Mehlman and Karl Rove on his speed-dial, and likes to recruit homobigoted black pastors into the GOP fold.
13 ALAN KEYES
Horrible father to his gay daughter (he threw her out of the house when she came out) and founder of Renew America. Quote: "If my daughter were a lesbian, I'd look at her and say, 'That is a relationship that is based on selfish hedonism.' I would also tell my daughter that it's a sin and she needs to pray to the Lord God to help her deal with that sin." Another failed presidential candidate
14 PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
Mother Schlafly is not six feet under yet. She is the head of wingnut org Eagle Forum and runs it with her out gay son. Choice quotes: "Disease is one of the most important reasons to stop the traffic of illegal aliens...They are bringing diseases that we never had before in the United States or which we eradicated decades ago."
"Americans have everything to lose if we subject ourselves to tribunals dominated by the socialist pro-gay country to our north and the corrupt and Communist governments to our south."
15 JANICE SHAW CROUSE, PH.D.
Senior Fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, part of Concerned Women for America. She's also the author of the Sex Pyramid. She's also concerned about the state of marriage: 'You don't want to get married until you're settled in your career; until you've established yourself and gotten enough money to buy a house and buy a good car and those kinds of things.'" The result? "We have downgraded marriage in the minds of young people,"
16 FR. FRANK PAVONE
National Director for Priests for Life. He recently appeared at a Pennsylvania Pastors Network training session, where Little Ricky Santorum addressed the attendees and urged support for an amendment to ban same-sex marriage. According to the NYT, Pavone emphasized how important Rethug control of the Senate would be if another Supreme Court vacancy would be to tip the Supreme Court against abortion rights.
17 J. THOMAS SMITH
He's with America 21 - Family Values for the 21st Century. Fun quote: "Voter surveys in key political races suggest that abortion was the top moral issue causing turnout for Godly candidates. Our hearts tell us that abortion is where the turning in America must begin. Repentance on this issue is critical to the growth of your local church and national revival. It may also save America from our enemies."
18 DR. WILLIAM GREENE
Founder and president of RightMarch.com, started up to counter MoveOn.org. "Our goal is to counter the well-financed antics of radical left-wing groups like MoveOn.org, by appealing to the grassroots "silent majority" to take action -- contacting government and business leaders; placing newspaper, radio and television ads; and holding the Left accountable for their anti-American antics."
19 GARY L. BAUER
Failed presidential candidate Bauer serves as chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, and as President of American Values. Endless bleater about persecuted Christians. Gary also thinks the media's reporting on the low military recruiting numbers is just a conspiracy to present only negative information about Iraq. "The liberal media views the recruitment difficulties as just "one more piece of evidence" that the war in Iraq is "illegitimate and a failure."
FUN FACT: Gary fell off a stage while flipping pancakes on the presidential campaign trail.
20 DR. JAMES C. DOBSON
Daddy Dobson is founder and chairman of Focus on the Family. Evil incarnate; member in good standing of The Arlington Group, a coalition of All-Star AmTaliban seeking passage of a marriage amendment. Also: see Daddy Dobson-approved help for horny boys.
FUN FACT: The Rotting CryptkeeperTM Fred Phelps called Dobson an "old heretic" who has "caved to the faggot juggernaut."