Conservative Leader Paul Weyrich Passes Away

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A leader of what became known as the "New Right," veteran conservative activist Paul Weyrich passed away on December 18 after a long bout with diabetes. A native of Wisconsin, he began a career in the world of politics as an aide to Colorado Senator Gordon Allott in 1967. While attending a gathering of Washington operatives, he became aghast at the way they openly planned to manipulate public opinion in favor of some liberal causes. So he decided to create a counterforce to propagate conservative thinking. He helped found the Heritage Foundation in 1973 and the D.C.-based Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress a few years later. In time, he launched NET, a conservative television venture that dropped him in 1997 because of his criticism of Republican Party leaders.

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At a meeting of religious leaders in 1979, the Catholic Weyrich coined the term "moral majority" that was later adopted by Rev. Jerry Falwell as the name of the influential group of fundamental Christians he led. …