IFAS | Freedom Writer | May/June 1999 | webguide.html

Web Guide

American Family Association
http://www.afa.net

The 22-year-old American Family Association (known as the National Federation for Decency until 1988) is headed by Don Wildmon, a United Methodist minister from Tupelo, Mississippi. The content here centers on the typical Wildmon themes: television and porn, gays and Disney. The main page is crammed to the point of distraction with action alerts, excerpts from the group's publications, and links to articles from other news sources. The group's monthly magazine, the AFA Journal, is available in Adobe Acrobat format. The site also links to two other AFA projects: American Family Radio (www.afr.net), where you can listen to live AFR broadcasts and other audio features; and American Family Online (www.afo.net), AFA's filtered ISP and Internet "onramp."

Chalcedon
http://www.chalcedon.edu

Staid and scholarly, Chalcedon has been the brains behind the Religious Right since 1964. And the brains behind Chalcedon is R.J. Rushdoony, widely acknowledged as "the father of Christian Reconstructionism." Chalcedon's site is lean on design but meaty on content, especially if you enjoy reading articles with titles like, "Against Hymenaes: The Charity of Intolerance." Most of the good stuff is found in the archives of the monthly Chalcedon Report, which go back to March 1997, but the site offers numerous articles from other sources, too. Should you need a primer before tackling the excerpts from Rushdoony's Systematic Theology, check out Chalcedon scholar Andrew Sandlin's succinct discussion of the Reconstructionist creed. If you just can't get enough, Chalcedon offers a substantial list of related links for your surfing pleasure.

Christian Coalition
http://www.cc.org

Now in its 10th year, Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition is practically synomynous with the phrase "Religious Right." The Coalition's web site is heavy on activism, with schedules, scorecards, and lobbying tips, plus a very handy congressional directory searchable by name, state, ZIP, or committee. This site makes it easy for Christian conservatives to tell Congress what's on their mind: just choose from one of four canned messages or write your own, plug in a few key bits of info about yourself, hit the send button, and your email is on its way. The rest of the site offers contact information for the CC's state chapters, action alerts, and archives of their Religious Rights Watch newsletter back through 1995.

Coalition on Revival
http://www.usacor.com

This think-tank and networking organization has been around since 1986, although it faltered in the mid-90s when its head, Jay Grimstead, took a sabbatical. The "Founding Documents" section, with its "25 Articles on the Kingdom of God," comprises the bulk of the site's content. The part of the site devoted to the National Think Tank offered: "The ICBI Statement on Biblical Inerrancy," authored by Grimstead; and a nonfunctional search feature.

Eagle Forum
http://www.eagleforum.org

Eagle Forum got its start in the early 1970s, when Phyllis Schlafly led the fight against the Equal Rights Amendment. The conservative women's group has made good use of 90s technology with a web site that's frequently updated even if it's not the slickest of designs. Schlafly's daily radio commentary is available via RealAudio, as is her weekly 50-minute "Radio Live" program on education issues. Frequent Capitol Hill alerts are posted on the main page, where activism is encouraged through links to the House and Senate. You can also find archives of Schlafly's columns and the Phyllis Schlafly Report back through 1995. Other features include congressional scoreboards and sample candidate questionnaires for school board and other elected positions.

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