Jerry Falwell, founder and president of the Moral Majority, last month announced the formation of a new organization called Liberty Federation.
At a news conference, Falwell said he intends to broaden his base of support and build a framework for becoming involved in domestic and international issues well beyond his initial four-point agenda opposing abortion, and supporting traditional family values, a strong national defense, and Israel. He said the name “Moral Majority” carried baggage that prevented some people from affiliating with the organization, and the name did not convey a sufficiently wide focus to encompass all the issues he is pursuing.
“A lot of good people don’t see how our support of the Jerusalem bill—to move the American embassy [in Israel] to Jerusalem—fits as one of our issues,” Falwell explained. His recent travels to South Africa and the Philippines to educate his constituents about the perceived threat of Communist takeover fall into the same category.
Moral Majority will operate as a subsidiary of the Liberty Federation, Falwell said, “functioning in the strictly moral areas where we labored in earlier years.” The two organizations will share office space and staff, and both will have the same executive director, Charles E. Judd. Falwell said he expects the membership lists to overlap. A lobbying and educational arm, the Liberty Alliance, also has been chartered. In addition, the name of the organization’s monthly newspaper has been changed from Moral Majority Report to Liberty Report.
Liberty Federation held a national summit in Washington late last month to train Moral Majority’s 50 state chairmen and other conservative leaders. Participants discussed voter registration, membership recruitment, and ...1
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