IFAS | Freedom Writer | Summer 2000 | coalition.html

'End of the Road'

The Rev. Pat Robertson, in his latest fundraising letter, wrote, "The mainstream political establishment is determined to use the 2000 election cycle to deal a death blow to religious conservatives. But I believe this brazen attempt to bully Christians into silence is really a sign of their own political desperation!"

In reality, Robertson is the desperate one. With mass defections on every level, and few major donors (Robertson is probably the organization's largest donor), the Christian Coalition is nearly finished. Paul Nagy, the coalition's former Northeast field director, said, "The Christian Coalition is a defunct organization."

"Internal power-grabbing has completely ruined the organization," Nagy added. "It was an internal force that did more damage to us than our worst enemies ever could have done.I have to say this as a Christian: What I saw happening, and why I needed to leave, was not of God."

In April, the Christian Coalition lost its last lobbyist in Washington. Jeffrey K. Taylor, was one of the coalition's four full-time lobbyists in the nation's capital. In a strongly worded resignation letter to Robertson, Taylor wrote that the "Christian Coalition has lost its way." He told reporters that the coalition gets too much of its money from direct mail solicitations, and doesn't approach large funders. Informed sources said that its once-prized mailing list is now almost worthless because by going to the same people time after time they've sucked the well dry.

Today, besides Robertson, Roberta Combs, the former South Carolina chapter head, and the Rev. Billy McCormack, of Louisiana, and Dick Weinhold, of Texas run the coalition. McCormack and Weinhold were cofounders with Robertson. Responding to the coalition's mass defections, McCormack said that almost all of the employees who left were fired because they were "inept."

This fall, the coalition is still planning its annual "Road to Victory" conference in Washington, DC. Christian Coalition observers predict that the conference will be the "End of the Road" conference.

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