Paul Weyrich, Man who Coined ‘Moral Majority’, Dies

December 19, 2008 at 3:10 am Leave a comment

paul-weyrich.jpgPaul Weyrich, who helped turn social conservatives into the most powerful element of the Republican party, had long suffered ill health. Yet together with the Rev Jerry Falwell, one of America’s leading political evangelicals, he pushed the Christian Right-wing agenda to the forefront of the nation’s politics.

In 1979 he addressed a group or religious leaders and talked about a “moral majority” in the country. His phrase struck a chord and was later used by Weyrich and Falwell as the name of a political organisation.
Weyrich later helped to create the Christian Coalition – another powerful group dedicated to serving evangelical goals in Washington politics.
Despite his earlier beliefs, however, Weyrich later expressed concern that the moral majority had turned into a moral minority.
“I no longer believe that there is a moral majority,” he said in the late 1990s. “Or Bill Clinton would have been driven out of office months ago.”
Like many on the Christian Right-wing, he was scandalised by the then president’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinski.
“He was a dedicated conservative and patriot, an excellent strategist,” said Lee Edwards, a fellow at the Heritage foundation, which Weyrich helped create.
Source: Telegraph
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