News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2005


Christian Coalition should change name

The state Senate killed a bill to require non-profit outfits like the Christian Coalition to disclose the sources of funds they use for advertising to influence votes in referendums.

It did so because of pressure from Christian/politicians who know the advantage of operating in a vacuum.

What hypocrisy.

Christian Coalition President John Giles stonewalled allegations that he took money from Mississippi Indian casinos to help defeat the education lottery referendum when Don Siegelman was governor.

But days before the legislative session expired, The Boston Globe exposed Mr. Giles in an interview with Grover Norquist, president of the Americans for Tax Reform.

Mr. Giles finally admitted taking the $850,000, but said he was unaware of the money's origin.

Another anti-lottery group also received $300,000 to fight the lottery. That money also came from the high-sounding Americans for Tax Reform, which is really an anti-tax bunch. ATR got the money from the Indians

The legislation was straightforward. It would have required nonprofit organizations to disclose their sources of funding for buying advertising to influence the vote on a referendum.

Laundering money implies deceit.

Mr. Giles should have asked the source of the generous gift. Having not done so and continuing to oppose the good-government legislation is reason enough to ask the Christian Coalition to change its name to simply The Coalition.

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