J.D.'s mother had been an active and vocal member of the move ment to harass and assault elective pregnancy termination clinics, their staffs and patients. She had joined the first Northern New Jersey chap ter of the militant, violence"'inducing anti"'freedom"'of"'choice organiza tion called "Op eration Rescue" when it was founded in the mid"'1980s. She had been arrested many times for screaming at staff and patients alike "up close and personal," attempting to physically block clinic en trances, and on suspicion of participation in anti"'clinic vandalism.
One of President Pine's first acts in 2001 had been to order the end to enforcement of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, a Federal law passed by the 103rd Congress that had offered some protec tion to the clinics. (In ordering the non"'enforcement of existing legislation that he didn't like, Pine was following a well"'known Right"'Wing pattern. For example, former 1996 Republican Presidential candidate Phil Gramm had declared that if he were elected President, one of his first acts would be to end enforcement, on his own authority, of Federal affirmative action (equal rights in employment) law [Page].)
J.D.'s mother was one of the first in the nation to publicly take advan tage of the new Pine policy. She went on to become a na tion al lead er of the violence"'centered movement spawned by Opera tion Res cue and its many mutations. Aided by Pine's Executive Order and the sub se quent repeal of the FACE Act by the 107th Congress, by the mid dle of the Pine Presiden cy, the movement had succeeded in driv ing out of business most of the open elective pregnancy"'termination centers around the country, even though the procedure was technically still legal.
The Development of the Republican"'Christian Alli ance
Hague was the candidate of the newly"'formed Republican"'Christian Alli ance (R"'CA). The R"'CA had been created at the quadrennial Re publi can Na tional Convention held in Indianapolis, IN in the second week of August, 2004. It was the final recognition of a reality that had been de veloping since the Republican National Convention held in Houston, TX August 16"'20, 1992 had adopted a platform largely writ ten by representa tives of the Christian Coalition (RNC). Over the in ter vening 12 years, the dominant and driving force in the Republican Party had become ever"'increasingly the Religious Right, led by its dominant political arm, the Christian Coalition.
It is interesting to note briefly the parallels between the develop ment of the Republican Party in the last decade before the First Civil War and of the Republican"'Christian Alliance in the second decade before the Sec ond (Marsden). In the 1850s, the "Anti"'Masons," an evangelical politi cal party opposed to "free thinking" as well as slavery, lead the move ment which divid ed the old Whig Party into two. Subse quently, the Anti"'Masons/"Northern Whigs" evolved into the new Re publican Party.
In the case of both the latter and the R"'CA, a movement that began with moral preaching eventually married itself to political power. It was iron ic, of course, that the Republican Party of the Transition Era, the R"'CA, and their successor, the American Christian Nation Party (ACNP), would eventually undo much of what the original Republican Party had accom plished when under President Abraham Lincoln it had lead the nation into war over the twin issues of pre serving the Union and ending Negro slav ery.
The ACNP would, by creating the New American Republics in 2011, break up the Union, and institute enforced, absolute, racial segre gation that to some represented a form of slavery. Prior to the forma tion of the NAR, al though the action had no practical application, it happened that they had, for the symbolic reason of adhering to the "Doctrine of Original Intent" concerning the Constitution, in 2010 among other things re pealed the XIIIth Amend ment (which had abol ished slav ery).
It was at the 13th annual "Road"'to"'Victory" national meeting of the Chris tian Coalition held at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA in November, 2003 that Jefferson Davis Hague had gained the Coalition's "highest moral evaluation." (Right up to the adoption of the Suprema cy Amendment in 2007, the Coalition was always careful to do nothing to jeopardize its tax"'exempt standing. The adoption of the Amendment had, among other things, lead to the passage of Federal legislation guar anteeing "approved" churches tax"'exemption regardless of what activi ties they un dertook. Before that time, however, the Coalition never "endorsed" candi dates [Freedom Writer]. It simply "recognized their moral value.") Once having achieved the Coalition's top rating, Hague had the Republican"'Christian Alliance Presidential nomina tion well in hand.
Part 2 of this chapter, to follow
Bauer, G., "Speech," Christian Coalition Road"'to"'Victory Confer ence, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, 1991.
Bloom, H., "New Heyday of Gnostic Heresies," New York Times, April 26, 1992, p. 19 (see also Bloom's the American Religion: The Emer gence of the Post"'Christian Nation).
Buchanan, P., "Speech," Republican National Convention, 1992.
Falwell, J., Fundraising letter, May, 1993.
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