Pat Robertson Resigns From Christian Coalition

December 5, 2001 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Blogger Tumblr

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Reuters) – Evangelist Pat Robertson resigned on Wednesday as head of the Christian Coalition, the powerful conservative political organization he founded in 1989 after a failed campaign for the U.S. presidency.

Robertson, in a letter delivered to the board of the Virginia Beach, Virginia-based group, said he was stepping down to focus his energies on his Christian ministry and The Christian Broadcasting Network, the group said.

"We are seeing an outpouring of revival power in the United States that exceeds anything that I have known in my lifetime," he said in the letter. "With the few years left to me of active service, I must focus on those things that will bring forth the greatest spiritual benefit."

The Christian Coalition spearheaded the political movement of the U.S. religious right in the 1990s, promoting conservative Christian values and most recently claiming credit for the election of President Bush and Republican control of the U.S. House of Representatives.