Falwell's New Group 'Just Another Fund-Raising Vehicle,' Watchdog Says

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A religious watchdog group said Wednesday Rev. Jerry Falwell's plan to launch The Faith and Values Coalition, is "just another fund-raising vehicle."

Americans United for the Separation of Church and States said Falwell is "wrong in assuming that Americans agree with his goals" of barring same-sex marriage, pushing for pro-life judicial appointments and electing another conservative to the White House in four years.

"Falwell keeps threatening to reanimate the Moral Majority," said Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "Has he never seen an old horror movie? Every time they bring Frankenstein's monster back, it just gets worse.

"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 the war in Iraq.

"The people do not share Jerry Falwell's repressive vision of an America where church and state are merged and the views of intolerant TV preachers form the basis of our laws," Lynn said. "I welcome Falwell's new organization to the debate. I feel confident it will meet the same fate as the Moral Majority."

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Reverend Jerry Falwell Planning an 'Evangelical Revolution' (Nov. 10, 2004)

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