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Ten religious right web sites

Christian Coalition
Few surprises await visitors at the Christian Coalition's web site. Highlights from Christian American, the Coalition's bimonthly magazine, are available from back issues dating back to 1995. The directory of Christian Coalition state affiliates is useless, unless you happen to be interested in one of the handful of states it includes. Other noteworthy features include the infamous scorecards and a contact directory for Congress. The Catholic Alliance has its own page with a brief FAQ (frequently asked questions) and some news releases. There is, of course, ample opportunity to order from the Christian Coalition's stock of books and videos. Overall, the site is somewhat less polished than might be expected from such a high-profile organization. Watch out for those frames.

Chalcedon's web page is a must-bookmark resource for anyone wanting to get acquainted with R.J. Rushdoony and Christian Reconstructionism. Highlights include several features from Chalcedon Report and excerpts from Rushdoony's Systematic Theology, as well as a bibliography of Rushdoony's works. While you're there, order a tape of Rushdoony's 80th birthday bash.

Traditional Values Coalition
Traditional Values Coalition's (TVC) contribution to the web community is an activist guide for churches spelling out what they can and can not do in the political arena. As for separation of church and state, TVC reassures readers that "the Constitution the Founding Fathers wrote guarantees freedom for religion, not freedom from religion." There is also a mission statement and a biography of the group's leader, Rev. Lou Sheldon. The anti-gay invective for which the group is known can be found in the news updates and the online edition of the Traditional Values Report.

Promise Keepers
If you can wade through the features aimed at attenders of Promise Keepers' (PK) men-only stadium conferences, you'll find a few informative pages about the PK organization. A fact sheet gives PK's mission statement, history, conference data, and budget and staff information. More details are available through PK's FAQ.

American Family Association
The American Family Association (AFA) seems to be focusing its online energies on its long-standing boycott of Disney. To that end, there is plenty of Disney news, including a list of Disney-owned companies and insights into the supposed sexual overtones of Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." There is also a curious section titled the Homosexuality Report, which should be read by anyone who thinks that AFA is merely interested in cleaning up TV programming. As for organizational information, there is a somewhat cumbersome list of AFA state affiliates.

U.S. Taxpayers Party
The U.S. Taxpayers Party (USTP), which fielded Howard Phillips for president, has a well-organized web site which includes its 1996 platform. There is a good archive of articles and speeches by Phillips, R.J. Rushdoony, Randall Terry, and others. The USTP has made available speeches from its 1992 national convention in New Orleans, at which Howard Phillips was chosen as its presidential candidate. There are also excerpts from Phillips' Issues and Strategies Bulletin. A complete list of state contacts is given, and some states have home pages.

Council for National Policy
That the Council for National Policy (CNP) is secretive has become somewhat of a cliche, so it comes as no surprise that the close-mouthed organization doesn't have an official web site. The Institute for First Amendment Studies maintains an unofficial page containing as much information as you'll find about CNP in one place, on the net or off. Features include contact information, membership lists, news of CNP activities, and articles about the CNP published in Freedom Writer.

Focus on the Family
It may seem strange that an organization as media savvy as Focus with its umpteen magazines, newsletters, and radio programs doesn't have a web site yet. But according to David McMeans, maintainer of the unofficial Focus on the Family web site, Focus is still in the process of developing an internet presence. Meanwhile, the unofficial site contains some articles from back issues of Citizen and other Focus publications, although McMeans cautions that his archives are "sparse" due to a Focus order to cease online distribution of its materials while it gets its own site underway. America Online users can visit the Focus on the Family forum at keyword FOTF.

Concerned Women for America
The highlight of Concerned Women for America's (CWA) low-content web site are the features from Family Voice, the organization's similarly low-content monthly magazine. The site's most unique feature, and perhaps potentially the most fun, is the CWA Forum message boards, where CWA types hold one-sided debates on hot topics such as abortion, single-sex marriages, and homosexuality. Besides the online store, free booklets and other materials are available for the asking.

Heritage Foundation
Heritage's web site offers, among other features, an extensive library of publications expounding the conservative view on everything from family and education issues to national security.

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