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Richard Joly on Fri, 12 Nov 2004 08:40:05 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Reflections on America after the election [2x]

Some are already planning the *next* election.

Richard Joly


Thursday, November 11, 2004

Falwell plans for "evangelical revolution" Seeking to take advantage of 
the momentum from an election in which "moral values" proved politically 
motivating to a large percentage of voters, the Reverend Jerry Falwell 
announced Tuesday he has formed a new coalition to guide an "evangelical 

Falwell, a conservative Christian broadcaster based in Lynchburg, Va., 
said the Faith and Values Coalition will be a "21st-century resurrection 
of the Moral Majority," the organization he founded in 1979. Falwell said 
he would serve as the coalition's national chairman for four years. He 
added that the new group's mission will be to lobby for antiabortion 
conservatives to fill openings on the Supreme Court and lower courts, a 
constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and the election of 
another "George Bush-type" conservative in 2008.

"We all, for the first time, began to realize the potential of religious 
conservatives, particularly evangelicals, when something over 30 million 
of them went to the polls," he said, noting that most supported the 
president and antiabortion candidates and voted to approve initiatives 
banning gay marriage in 11 states across the country.

Also, a decision by the Massachusetts supreme court allowing same-sex 
marriages "helped energize our people," Falwell said. And when San 
Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom began performing marriages for gay couples, 
it "really caught the attention of people of faith in this country, and 
what we have been saying could happen actually happened," he said. "The 
timing could not have been better. That, along with the abortion issues 
and the terrorism issue, helped us to get our people awakened."

Falwell said that while overseeing the coalition he will leave day-to-day 
operations of Liberty University and Thomas Road Baptist Church, both of 
which he founded, to his sons Jerry Jr., 42, and Jonathan, 38. Mathew 
Staver, founder of the conservative legal group Liberty Counsel in 
Orlando, Fla., will be the coalition's vice chairman; Jonathan Falwell 
will be its executive director. Theologian Tim LaHaye will be the board 

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