Sunday, January 20, 2008

Concerned Women For America

Marla Redfern of InfoCision Management Corporation, a telemarketing company based in Akron, Ohio, says that last Thursday, January 17th, Robert Stuber, Director of Development for Concerned Women For America came to town. And we just thought it was really bad cold front.

Mr. Stuber was in town to review InfoCision’s current programs and listen to suggestions for CWAs first quarter fundraising efforts.

Concerned Women For America describes itself this way: “We are the nation's largest public policy women's organization with a rich 29-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.”

They also claim: “The mission of CWA is to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens - first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society - thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation.”

The group was founded in 1979 by Beverly LaHaye, wife of Christian Coalition co-founder Timothy LaHaye, as a response to activities by the National Organization for Women and a 1978 Barbara Walters interview with noted feminist Betty Friedan.

Mrs. LaHaye was quoted in a 2004 speech at the CWA conference as saying, "Yes, religion and politics do mix. America is a nation based on biblical principles. Christian values dominate our government. The test of those values is the Bible. Politicians who do not use the Bible to guide their public and private lives do not belong in office."

Beverly LaHaye was best known for The Act of Marriage, a Christian sex self-help bestseller she co-authored with her husband, Tim, when she founded Concerned Women for America in 1979. In 2001, LaHaye hired Robert H. Knight and Peter LaBarbera, to launch CWA’s Culture & Family Institute.

She is married to Tim LaHaye. They have four children and nine grandchildren and live in the Los Angeles area. One of their sons, Lee LaHaye, is the chief financial officer of Concerned Women for America and has been alleged to be openly gay. The CWA have never rebutted the charge.

In 1992, Jerry Falwell's Liberty University gave Beverly LaHaye, Tim's wife, an honorary Doctorate of Humanities.

According to Marla Redfern, Concerned Women For America has been a client of InfoCision Management Corporation for over 10 years and is their Christian divisions second largest client. This year, InfoCision is hoping to surpass the $3.7 million they made last year from telemarketing for the group.

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