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Tom DeLay may be under attack; however, he is still most powerful HAMMER/power broker to descend upon House of Reps. in decades . . . and, a close study of DeLay's is his match among Christians, Tim LaHaye . . . Politics & Religion--go figure!
TOM & TIM...DeLay and LaHaye
Why The Dems Can’t Stand Tom DeLay & Tim LaHaye
Part I (Note: These articles appeared during height of Tom DeLay's ever-increasing problems involving past political practices in State of Texas. The "problems" just won't go away...but are his junkets paid by deep-pocketed lobbyists any different than scores of critics who feed at same tables as DeLay? Makes for interesting reading . . .
By Doug Krieger
THE MORAL OF THE STORY
Lou Dubose and Jan Reid’s new book, THE HAMMER, a biography on House of Representatives Majority Whip Tom DeLay, is allegedly a story of God, Money, and Rise of Republican Congress—and just how Tom DeLay took advantage of Newt Gingrich and fellow Texan Dick Armey’s Republican ascendancy and became himself most powerful man in House of Representatives. We’ll get into “God part” a lot more than money and political parts for now—but just to warn you, King of Tyre (money) and King of Babylon (political power) have a whole lot to do about this most interesting story. This is all more fascinating now that powerful Congressman has collected a whole lot of chips from fellow Reps. for past support and, consequently, has gotten House GOP caucus (Nov. 18, 2004) to vote to end its rule requiring leaders to step down if indicted (which it now appears that DeLay will be for past indiscretions brought against him in Texas). The political intrigue is mounting, big time!
Now, plot of this political-religious thriller intensifies as “moral of story” is discovered—enter Tim LaHaye (kind of a neat little rhyme going on here with Tom and Tim, DeLay and LaHaye). You see, DeLay eventually walked right into an evangelical church that had gotten a whole lot more “politicized” by folks like LaHaye—so, when we get into “God part” of DeLay, you’ll understand why we brought LaHaye along.
LaHaye will act as Chairman of Board for Jerry Falwell’s newly energized FAITH AND VALUES COALITION. The Faith and Values Coalition, according to most beloved Baptist brother on planet, Rev. Barry Lynn (mouth for Americans United for Separation of Church and State), is nothing more than “just another fund-raising vehicle.” Furthermore, Lynn so abhors these religious/political efforts that he likens them to “an old horror movie—every time they bring Frankenstein’s monster back, it just gets worse!”
One might be hearing “sour grapes” a bit—check out Barry’s remarks, and comments on his remarks:
"Some things should be left dead and buried," Lynn said. He noted that recent analysis of election results debunked early claims that "values voters" re-elected President Bush. In fact, Lynn pointed out, voter's main concerns were terrorism, national security and war in Iraq.
"The people do not share Jerry Falwell's repressive vision of an America where church and state are merged and views of intolerant TV preachers form basis of our laws," Lynn said. "I welcome Falwell's new organization to debate. I feel confident it will meet same fate as Moral Majority." (see above for source)
Sure, I bet Lynn welcomes Falwell and LaHaye to debate—I bet he just can’t wait! Apparently, Falwell believes in resurrection—I wonder if Barry does? But then, again, nothing like another “Son of Frankenstein” movie!
THE BOBSIE TWINS – FIRST, LaHAYE
DeLay and LaHaye do have some interesting things in common. For one, they know how to wield political clout and marshal conservative religious forces in America, while amassing vast sums of money for their causes (most of which are mutual). LaHaye co-founded Falwell’s original Moral Majority back in late ‘70s. He and his wife, Beverly, started campaigning for pro-life causes through their Baptist marriage counseling company, Family Life Seminars. In 1979 Bev founded Concerned Women for America—a sort of counter weight to National Organization for Women (NOW). Furthermore, LaHaye’s famous “Left Behind” series—whose sales are off charts, approaching (if not surpassing) over 100 million copies (and, catapulting LaHaye’s literary fortunes close to that same figure)—makes him one of wealthiest evangelicals in America, if not world.
Although Falwell held center stage in galvanizing conservative Christians to polls and, ipso facto, to Republican cause, LaHaye (as Falwell puts it) “ran under radar.” In 1981 LaHaye founded Council for National Policy—claiming, at one time, some 600,000 members. In 1980s, CNP was quite political/religious machine; spawning countless campaigns and organizations. Included among its members were Ed Meese, John Ashcroft, Pat Robertson and, of course Falwell—as well as key think tanks, and activists like Grover Norquist and Oliver North. A lot of “right-wing jihad” against President Clinton in 1990s was funded by CNP supporters like Texas oilman and silver manipulator, Nelson Bunker Hunt, Richard DeVos of Amway and beer magnate Joseph Coors (the same crowd that funded contras in Central America).
Impeaching Clinton was allegedly conceived by CNP in Montreal in June of 1997. Falwell touts CNP for helping raise hundreds of millions for ventures like Liberty University (the second largest Evangelical Christian University in America—surpassed only by Baylor (Baptist) University in Waco, TX). President Bush attended a CNP meeting at start of his 1999 presidential campaign, and Rumsfeld took part in group’s gathering last April in Washington, D.C. Republican political strategist, Paul Weyrich, once said: “Without [LaHaye], what we call religious right would not have developed way it did, and as quickly as it did.”
Brother LaHaye took a severe fall when he was linked, along with wife Bev, in taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from wacky would-be messiah Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his Unification Church cult (which most Christians really do view as laughably heretical). When Moon got entangled with tax evasion charges, LaHaye came to his rescue. Then “pay off monies” came out into public—so, LaHaye tried to back off—but it was too late. By time LaHaye tried to regroup, his reputation—along with another one of his organizations founded in 1970s, The American Coalition for Traditional Values, flopped! But LaHaye did regroup—thanks to multi-million dollar sales of Left Behind (see, he wasn’t about to be Left Behind).