IFAS | Freedom Writer | December 1994 | florida.html

Florida Religious Right hits some snags

'America First' policy scrapped

The Christian Right hotbed of central Florida continues to make headlines. After weeks of controversy concerning the "America First" policy of the Lake County school board, three Christian Coalition candidates lost their bids for board vacancies. Voters in Lake County's Republican runoff defeated the Christian Right candidates by 2-to-1 margins. The remaining candidates three Republicans and three Democrats for the three contested seats said they would repeal last May's board directive to teach that American culture is second to none. Christian Coalition member and board chair Pat Hart, who wrote the policy on culture, decided not to run for reelection, leaving just one Christian Coalition person still on the board.

AFA chapter head pleads guilty to child abuse

Linda Rozar, director of the Lake County chapter of the American Family Association, recently pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse and two counts of tampering with a witness, according to published reports. Rozar, 46, was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to see a psychiatrist after entering her plea. The charges against her stem from an incident that occurred with a child in her home. Meanwhile, Rozar's husband Jerry is being charged for a second time with violating the terms of his probation. He was convicted of child molestation in 1986. Linda Rozar also served as president of Concerned Citizens for Florida, another radical right-wing organization.

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