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Friday, August 25, 2006

Is the Christian Coalition Falling Apart because Pat Robertson's not Crazy enough Anymore?

Pat Roberton's Christian Coalition continues to disintegrate. I'm not really sure what it's supposed to be a coalition of since it seems to be made up entirely of evangelicals. In my mind, the word 'coalition' suggests at least some diversity.

According to the AP, the current problem is too much diversity.

Three disgruntled state affiliates have severed ties with the Christian Coalition of America, one of the nation’s most powerful conservative groups during the 1990s but now buffeted by complaints over finances, leadership and its plans to veer into nontraditional policy areas.

“It’s a very sad day for our people, but a liberating day,” said John Giles, president of the coalition’s Alabama chapter, which announced Wednesday that it was renaming itself and splitting from the national organization. The Iowa and Ohio chapters took similar steps this year.

Giles said he and his Alabama colleagues have “a dozen hard reasons” for the action but would elaborate on only one — a perception that the coalition’s leadership was diverting itself from traditional concerns such as abortion and same-sex marriage to address other issues ranging from the environment to Internet access.

"Dang! The CC's actually started to worry about things that matter -- we better bolt!"

Back in March, I posted a story about the CC's organizational decline.

The Washington Post is reporting that Marion "Pat" Robertson's Christian Coalition has fallen on hard times. My heart breaks. According to the article, the organization is $2 million in debt, weighted down by lawsuits from creditors, and state chapters are closing up shop.

"In March, one of its most effective chapters, the Christian Coalition of Iowa, cut ties with the national organization," the Post reports, "And reincorporated itself as the Iowa Christian Alliance, saying it 'found it impossible to continue to carry a name that in any way associated us with this national organization.'"

Pat caught a little flack a while back for claiming that an energy drink he invented allows him to leg press one ton. After that, he's been pretty careful about saying seriously crazy shit. For example (thanks to Think Progress):

Yesterday on the 700 Club, evangelical Pat Robertson declared himself "a convert" on global warming. Robertson said that he has "not been one who believed in global warming in the past." But now, Robertson said, he believes "it is getting hotter and the ice caps are melting and there is a build up of carbon dioxide in the air." Robertson implored, "we really need to do something on fossil fuels."

The old Pat would've blamed it on gays.


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