Date: 01-18-95 22:08 (Public)
From: Rex Bennett
Subject: Serious Women's Issues
According to Ralph Reed, Director of the Christian Coalition, the
religious right is going to use Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, and the new
wave of right wing victories in a major attempt to seize power for
the Christian Coalition and other christian groups. He is asking
members of his 1.5 million group to ease off abortion issues for a
while and direct all their energies to achieving a major
stranglehold on government through right wing legislation.
Their strategy is to replace government with organized religion
where ever possible. One major objective is to weaken non-right
wing media availability by undermining the public broadcasting
networks while funneling government taxes into religious coffers,
and thereby increasing the propaganda and control potential for the
religious right. Reed says that Gingrich's 10-point Contract With
America is the perfect plan for achieving this and that he intends
to rally the full strength of his organization and its members to
pressure congressmen to pass the legislation required.
Public Broadcasting does not promote christian values and is too
humanistic in nature according to Reed. The wide availability of
science programming also weakens religious faith. The presentation
by public broadcasting of social and cultural information on those
not in the religious mainstream confuses the public and leads them
away from the church and true christian values. Reed says that he
wants religious programming to place its own imprint on the public
knowledge base and that the recent Republican victories have given
him "faith that they can attain what they have always sought, a
sense of legitimacy, and a voice in the conversation the we call
Besides the elimination of public broadcasting, Reed stated that
it is crucial to gain control of education and school systems by
using tax dollars to underwrite their efforts. He wants to
abolish the Education Department and give states grants for
scholarships or vouchers for public or private schools including
religious institutions. He indicates this is where their real
efforts will pay off and will cause a massive influx of capital
into the christian network. Every effort will be made to replace
inefficient public schools with more effective private ones, and
that means primarily religious organizations since they already
have the structure and the power to do so. Profitability will
allow the christian network to enlarge and expand religious
programming on television and radio as well as in the print media.
He also wants to reinstate public prayer in all public schools.
Reed says that it is crucial that they abolish funding for the Legal
Services Corp. since they represent an alternative power base for
the poor. Reed said that the proper place for the poor to seek help
is in the church. He also said that the Legal Services Corp. has
helped poor people with over 200,000 divorces annually. He wants
divorce to be far more difficult to attain and would like to see
it made expensive.
Reed says that we must "dismantle the federal welfare system and
shift responsibility for the poor back to the church." Public
welfare has made poor people too independent of organized religion,
and he feels that this is not healthy. He says "the poor should
be dependent on God and not the state."
Reed claims that Newt Gingrich's Contract With America is a god-
send that will take power away from the state and give it back to
the church where it belongs. This is the opportunity that they
have been waiting for and he indicates that his membership must
bring all the power and influence that they can to force passage
of the republican contract.
He says that his organization plans to pressure every congressman
and senator and that they will launch a massive public media
campaign in favor of passage. "We want to pull everyone in that
This information needs to be disseminated widely. Everyone should be
informed about what is about to take place. Please distribute this
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