Beverly LaHaye: The Right’s Favorite Mother Figure & Spiritual Warfare Activist

Quote:Today instead of protecting our right to freely exercise our religious faith in public places, publicly honoring our God and Creator as our forefathers did, we are forbidden to speak, to pray aloud, to read the Bible, to even teach Judeo-Christian values in our public schools and other public places because of an imaginary ‘wall of separation’ conjured by non-believers.

Quote:I am aware that America is and must always be a land of freedom including freedom of speech. But there is a right time and place for everything

Quote:Yes, religion and politics do mix. America is a nation based on biblical principles. Christian values dominate our government. The test of those values is the Bible. Politicians who do not use the bible to guide their public and private lives do not belong in office.”

Founder and President of Concerned Women for America and wife of Tim LaHaye (founder of the scary Council for National Policy and co-author of the popular Christian book series Left Behind), Beverly LaHaye has been pushing a Right-Wing Fundamentalist Christian agenda for a long time.

Among the many things that have alarmed me about this woman and her activities, perhaps the most revealing is that she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of Justice Antonin Scalia’s, Judge Robert Bork’s, and Justice Clarence Thomas’ nominations to the Supreme Court. I don’t think anything else can really illustrate why this woman is so dangerous. She and her husband are perhaps at the vanguard of the politicalization of Christianity, and have long worked behind the scenes to push a Fundamentalist Christian agenda onto the American social landscape by way of law.

LaHaye’s favored weapon in this “culture war” has been Concerned Women for America. For example, during the 1987 Robert Bork Supreme Court nominee hearings controversy, CWA led a national petition drive, sponsored a “Women for Bork” rally and organized 350 people to lobby senators on Bork’s behalf. In 1994 CWA filed suit on behalf of an anti-abortion protester, who was arrested during a protest, against the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), which banned protesters from blocking clinic entrances. CWA has also been active in supporting teaching creationism and “intelligent design” theory in science classrooms. CWA fights against sex education curricula that is not completely abstinence based and opposes anti-drug and alcohol abuse programs that emphasize self-esteem. Many challengers to books and curricula in public schools use CWA’s materials. Beverly LaHaye, alongside many other conservative leaders, has lobbied to de-fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

There really is not room here to even get started on the activites and danger of Beverly LaHaye. Suffice it to say that if anyone ever wanted to two post an image of a face that could represent the agenda and push of the Christian Religious-Right, Beverly LaHaye certainly has the credentials to be that person. She certainly is no strange to Conservative talk shows and media.

Required Reading
Right-Wing Watch: Beverly LaHaye
Right-Wing Watch: Concerned Women for America
Wikipedia: Beverly LaHaye bio

Reference
Beverly LaHaye Institute
Concerned Women for America

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