A Guide to the Religious Right

Paul Weyrich, the New Right's strategic architect, founded the powerful Christian Coalition. He now runs the Free Congress Foundation. Richard Viguerie has raised millions for New Right causes and candidates with the most lucrative direct-mail operations this side of L.L. Bean. "Direct mail," Viguerie says, "is like having a water moccaasin for a watchdog. Silent but deadly."

Howard Phillips, with Weyrich and Viguerie, forms the New Right's trinity. He founded the Conservative Caucus, helped start the Moral Majority, and now heads the U.S. Taxpayers Party, which hopes to draft Buchanan for president. Presidential Candidate Pat Buchanan's announcement of a "cultural war" ignited the religious right at the 1992 GOP convention. "Just wait until 1996," he promised this year. "Then you'll see a real right-wing tyrant."

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