Center for Christian Statesmanship

Right Wing Leftovers

  • The Glenn Beck camp is apparently none-too-pleased with "The Weekly Standard" that cast him as a conspiracy theory-loving nut. Go figure.
  • Richard Viguerie declares last night's election results as proof that "the Tea Party steamroller is rolling big government Republicans right of town."
  • Cliff Kincaid goes after those who dare to call themselves "conservatives" while eschewing the mandatory hating of gays.
  • I didn't even know the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship was still around, but apparently it is giving its annual Distinguished Christian Statesman Award to Congressman Robert Aderholt.
  • With Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing starting next week, you know what that means: time to anoint the hearing room.
  • Mike Huckabee is outraged that people are trying to use his "ick factor" remark to raise money and decides to fight back ... by using it to raise money.

D. James Kennedy's Center for Christian Statesmanship Reopens

Under different Kennedy umbrella, following recent closure.

Claiming to be Misled, Senate Chaplain Bows out of Far-Right Conference

Black in brochureSenate Chaplain Barry Black has cancelled his scheduled appearance at a right-wing conference hosted by televangelist D. James Kennedy’s Center for Reclaiming America for Christ, the AP reports, “after he was pictured with columnist Ann Coulter and other prominent conservatives in a brochure promoting the event.”

Black told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he wouldn't be addressing next month's Reclaiming America for Christ Conference because his appearance wouldn't uphold the Senate chaplain's "historic tradition of being nonpolitical, nonpartisan, nonsectarian," a spokeswoman for the chaplain said Thursday.

Spokeswoman Meg Saunders said Black, a Seventh-day Adventist and a former Navy chaplain, had received "a very generic invitation" in fall 2005 to speak at the March conference and had agreed because there was room on his schedule.

After learning more about the other speakers and the event's featured topics, Black became "concerned" and canceled his appearance, Saunders said. "He felt the information had been incomplete," she said.

Over the last three decades, D. James Kennedy has established himself as one of the most powerful religious-right leaders in the country – called an “ivy-league Jerry Falwell.” Kennedy’s Center for Reclaiming America for Christ is dedicated to mobilizing its supporters against abortion, gays, and evolution, and his Center for Christian Statesmanship is dedicated to honoring almost exclusively Republican politicians who take up the religious-right standard in office. His 2007 conference will reflect those missions:

Reclaiming America for Christ 2007 is coming, and “evil” is counting on you.

That’s right. The only thing evil requires for its triumph is for Christians to say and do nothing.

According to the brochure, attendees will receive “Power packed training sessions taught by ‘culture war’ veterans” on “How to recruit and mobilize your pastor and church” to combat abortion, homosexuality, and “Darwin’s deadly legacy.”

And although the conference, in Fort Lauderdale, is at the same time as the much larger Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, a number of prominent right-wing speakers will make the trip down, including Coulter, Phyllis Schlafly, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Frank Pavone of Priest for Life, and Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention. (Schlafly and Coulter are scheduled for both conferences.)

Although Center for Reclaiming America Executive Director Gary Cass claims “It's not political,” his organization’s history and the choice of speakers makes that assertion pretty unconvincing.

Televangelist Warns of Harmful Effects of Evolution

D. James Kennedy is a prominent megachurch pastor and televangelist whose influence extends to the political realm--his Center for Reclaiming America for Christ claims to have 500,000 members willing to sign petitions against abortion, gay marriage, and stem cell research, and his Center for Christian Statesmanship has honored political leaders of the Right including Alabama's ex-Chief Justice and Ten Commandments-wielder Roy Moore, then-Sen. John Ashcroft, Sen. Sam Brownback, and then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

On his "Coral Ridge Hour" show Sunday, which is widely syndicated on the ABC Family network, Kennedy lashed out at evolution and asked viewers to donate to produce a costly anti-evolution video.

The consequences of Darwinism have been devastating. But the good news is, many in the scientific community are realizing that the emperor has no clothes. Evolution is indeed a charade. But those who dare to voice those views are suffering persecution. ...

This is an outrage and that's why I intend to do something about it. I am determined to produce a hard-hitting, brand new special exposing the controversy over intelligent design and evolution, including examining the devastating effects of Darwin's theory. Rarely do you see anything on the consequences of evolution.

Watch the video clip: Broadband or Dial-Up.

Donors will receive an anti-evolution book published by his church, and Kennedy says, "You will be shocked at the harmful effects that evolution is still having on our nation, our children, and our world."

Despite his considerable resources, it is still doubtful that Kennedy can reverse the effects of evolution. But efforts like his are critical in the Right Wing campaign to redefine science education in our public schools--as in Kansas, Ohio, and elsewhere.
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Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 06/23/2010, 5:24pm
The Glenn Beck camp is apparently none-too-pleased with "The Weekly Standard" that cast him as a conspiracy theory-loving nut. Go figure. Richard Viguerie declares last night's election results as proof that "the Tea Party steamroller is rolling big government Republicans right of town." Cliff Kincaid goes after those who dare to call themselves "conservatives" while eschewing the mandatory hating of gays. I didn't even know the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship was still around, but apparently it is giving its annual... MORE >
, Wednesday 05/16/2007, 11:59pm
Under different Kennedy umbrella, following recent closure. MORE >
, Friday 02/02/2007, 6:28pm
Senate Chaplain Barry Black has cancelled his scheduled appearance at a right-wing conference hosted by televangelist D. James Kennedy’s Center for Reclaiming America for Christ, the AP reports, “after he was pictured with columnist Ann Coulter and other prominent conservatives in a brochure promoting the event.” Black told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he wouldn't be addressing next month's Reclaiming America for Christ Conference because his appearance wouldn't uphold the Senate chaplain's "historic tradition of being nonpolitical... MORE >
, Monday 07/31/2006, 12:47pm
D. James Kennedy is a prominent megachurch pastor and televangelist whose influence extends to the political realm--his Center for Reclaiming America for Christ claims to have 500,000 members willing to sign petitions against abortion, gay marriage, and stem cell research, and his Center for Christian Statesmanship has honored political leaders of the Right including Alabama's ex-Chief Justice and Ten Commandments-wielder Roy Moore, then-Sen. John Ashcroft, Sen. Sam Brownback, and then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. On his "Coral Ridge Hour" show Sunday, which is widely... MORE >