Concerned Women for America

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Concerned Women for America is a conservative Christian group that is active in politics in the United States. The group was founded in 1979 by Beverly LaHaye, and currently claims over 600,000 members. It counts as a member any individual who makes a donation to the group, no matter what amount; presumably, there are fewer than 600,000 individuals currently active in the group. It attempts to advance its views on six key issues. In CWFA's own words (with explanations in parentheses), the issues are:

  • The definition of family (working against same-sex marriage)
  • The sanctity of life (working against abortion)
  • Education (promoting creationism, abstinence education, and a perceived homosexual bias in public education)
  • Pornography (fighting for stricter enforcement of obscenity law, and also against what they see as inappropriate content in culture generally)
  • Religious liberty (fighting for increased rights to religious exercise in public settings)
  • National Sovereignty (the belief that the United States should not submit to international organizations such as the UN, especially on feminist issues)

Concerned Women for America says of itself: "We are the nation's largest public policy women's organization with a rich 25-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy." [1] (http://www.cwfa.org/about.asp)

Lee LaHaye, Chief Financial Officer of Concerned Women of America (and son of the founders Beverly and Tim LaHaye), is reported to be openly gay.[2] (http://www.pamspaulding.com/weblog/2004/11/can-someone-shut-this-falwell-fcker-up.html)[3] (http://www.blogactive.com/2004/12/randi-rhodes-on-ken-mehlman-and-gop.html)

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