Interfaith Alliance Charges Conservative Churches of Manipulating Religion for Political Gain

October 23, 2002

Source: The  Associated Press

On October 23, 2002 The  Associated Press reported that "the Interfaith Alliance, a national religious group, on Wednesday criticized  conservative churches for handing out voter guides to their congregants, saying  the practice manipulates religion for political gain. The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, executive director of the Interfaith Alliance,  said the pamphlets are part of what he considers the religious right's improper  'influence on Minnesota state politics.' The Minnesota Family Council, a conservative group that distributes voter's  guides... [said] the voter pamphlets are  merely educational tools. [Family Council President Tom] Prichard said the Interfaith Alliance is being hypocritical, operating with  its own political agenda by launching this campaign against primarily  conservative churches and groups."