Campaign to Defend the Constitution

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Campaign to Defend the Constitution (DefCon) was an American online organization founded in September 2005 to support the separation of church and state and to oppose what it perceived as the growing influence of the religious right. It was a project of the Tides Center, a non-profit organization that funds progressive groups. However, its funding ran out in December 2007, at which time its blog announced the organization was "taking a break."[1]


DefCon described itself on its website as ...

... an online grassroots movement intending to combat the growing power of the religious right. We will fight for the separation of church and state, individual freedom, scientific progress, pluralism, and tolerance while respecting people of faith and their right to express their beliefs.

Advisory board[edit]

The DefCon advisory board included scientists, journalists, and religious and political leaders such as


Left Behind: Eternal Forces Campaign[edit]

After Bible publishing company Tyndale House released the video game version of Tim LaHaye's's Left Behind called Left Behind: Eternal Forces, DefCon asked their members to send emails to Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott to stop selling the game.[3][4] Wal-Mart stated that it did not intend to comply with the request.[4]

Stem cell research[edit]

During the stem cell campaign, DefCon ran two full page ads in The New York Times in May and June.[5]

They also released a video on YouTube featuring DefCon advisory board member and former NARAL Pro-Choice America President Kate Michelman's personal views on stem cell research.[6]

Intelligent design[edit]

DefCon was launched during the Dover Intelligent Design trial in September, 2005. Since that time the group and its members have played a "key role defending science education" in states around the country including Kansas, Utah, and Ohio.[citation needed]


DefCon ran ads asserting the involvement of conservative political strategist Ralph Reed, evangelist Lou Sheldon, and Focus on the Family's James Dobson in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Dobson has denied any connection to Abramoff, and a DefCon spokesman has conceded that there was no proof of collusion between Dobson and Abramoff.[7] In response to the ads, Dobson characterized DefCon as "a radical leftist organization," and stated:

Despite the viciousness of the DefCon attack, we are not vengeful or vindictive about it. Nor are we discouraged or depressed. It goes with the territory. Everyone who tries to defend righteousness in the culture is treated to something similar. Jesus told His followers to expect persecution, and therefore, it comes as no surprise that we have been subjected to it.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DefConBlog final entry "Taking a break"". 2007-11-20. Archived from the original on August 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Our Advisory Board". The Campaign to Defend the Constitution. 2006-12-13. Archived from the original on November 18, 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-13.
  3. ^ Bray, Hiawatha (2006-12-13). "Groups urge chain to drop Christian game". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2006-12-13.
  4. ^ a b Lelchuk, Ilene (2006-12-12). "'Convert or die' game divides Christians Some ask Wal-Mart to drop Left Behind". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2006-12-13.
  5. ^ Burke, Daniel (2006-06-17). "Senate Approves Three Stem Cell Bills". Religion News Service. Archived from the original on October 2, 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-13.
  6. ^ Kate Michelman (2006-05-07). Kate Michelman Speaks Out On Stem Cell Research (YouTube Video). Campaign to Defend the Constitution.
  7. ^ "Guilt by Association". 2006-03-13. Retrieved 2006-12-15.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Dr. Dobson's Response to the DefCon Attack". Focus on the Family. n.d. Retrieved 2006-12-15.

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