Conservative author and television pundit Ann Coulter helped the Christian Coalition of Georgia raise $150,000 at a weekend fund-raiser, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Saturday evening affair, described as one of the hottest tickets of the year for the state’s conservatives, was billed beforehand as “business/cocktail attire.” Its purpose was to raise funds to pay for this year’s voter guides, designed for distribution in churches.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />
Coulter reportedly spoke mostly about the long court battle over abortion. Afterward a long line formed for a book signing of her new book.
Though apparently not a regular churchgoer herself, Coulter has become a popular speaker for the Religious Right since release of her newest book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism. She promoted the book in an interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “700 Club” in July.
In August D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Ministries featured her in a controversial documentary that compared Charles Darwin to Hitler.
Coulter is also a featured speaker at a Sept. 22-24 “<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Washington Briefing” sponsored by the Family Research Council. Other confirmed speakers include Sen. George Allen, Bill Bennett, James Dobson, Newt Gingrich, Jerry Falwell and Mitt Romney. Southern Baptist leaders Richard Land, Kenyn Cureton and Dwight McKissic are also listed on the program.
Robert Parham of the BaptistCenter for Ethics has criticized Dobson for including personalities who don’t model the “family values” the Religious Right claims to espouse. Parham said in a Sept. 18 editorial that it demonstrated that Dobson’s program is “far more partisan than moral.”
Bob Allen is managing editor of EthicsDaily.com.
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