Paul Weyrich is one of the top strategists of the Radical Religious Right. He is credited with persuading the Rev. Jerry Falwell to become politically active through the Moral Majority and convincing the Rev. Pat Robertson to enter politics. Weyrich was probably the first conservative schemer to realize the political potential of the abortion issue. Abortion, more than any other issue, pushed Christians into the conservative political movement. A compelling speaker, Weyrich imparts to the careful listener the real essence of the Radical Religious Right. Weyrich told The Freedom Writer that the one thing the Religious Right must do to stay on course is to "never compromise." Here is an abridged version of Weyrich's talk:
"Amid all the glitter, we forget the essence of what this fight is all about. It has progressed extraordinarily well from the days of its first incarnation in the 1970s until the present time.
"We are in an eternal battle. The battle is between right and wrong, between truth and lies, between life and death. And if we ever forget what it is about, if we think we are in a battle for electing people to hold office, simply controlling political parties...then we will not accomplish what we are to achieve. We need to hold to our principles, and stick to them regardless.
"I know that not everyone at this conference agrees with a theological interpretation of things. However, that is the perspective of the majority of us here. Conservatism based upon the Scriptural tradition is the only kind of conservatism which works. There is no reality apart from God.
"The real enemy is the secular humanist mindset which seeks to destroy everything that is good in this society. The fight that we are fighting, the battle we have joined, is one that encompasses our entire life span.
"We can't put our faith in political saviors. This is one of the biggest mistakes that was made in the previous incarnation of the Religious Right.
"We are in a war, and when you are in a war you must have trained armies to fight a war. We are killed when we go into the political process and get elected, then have no idea what to do once we are elected; when we have no idea of who it is that is opposed to us; what their tactics are going to be; how you handle these people; how you seize the moral high ground; how you frame the issues in such a way to put them on the defensive instead of us on the defensive; and all the sorts of things you need to understand if you are going to be involved in the political process.
"The secular humanist state is very similar to the Soviet state, in the sense that it is based on lies, therefore it is internally weaker than it appears to be outwardly.
"Just as the communists are clinging to power wherever they can do it, even though communism has collapsed, so also will the secular humanists cling to power, because, for them, that's all there is. Remember, you have God. You have your families; you have your community, your church community, your neighborhood, and all the things you are concerned about. They only have power. That's all that matters to them. They will fight with everything that's in them to keep that power."