RICHMOND, Va. – Seeking to take advantage of the momentum from an election where moral values proved important to voters, the Rev. Jerry Falwell (search) announced Tuesday he has formed a new coalition to guide an "evangelical revolution."
Falwell, a religious broadcaster based in Lynchburg, Va., said the Faith and Values Coalition (search) will be a "21st century resurrection of the Moral Majority," the organization he founded in 1979.
Falwell said he would serve as the coalition's national chairman for four years.
He added that the new group's mission would be to lobby for anti-abortion conservatives to fill openings on the Supreme Court and lower courts, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and the election of another "George Bush-type" conservative in 2008.
"We all, for the first time, began to realize the potential of religious conservatives, particularly evangelicals, when something over 30 million of them went to the polls," he said, noting most supported the president and anti-abortion candidates, and voted to approve 11 initiatives across the country banning gay marriage.
Also, a decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Court allowing gay marriages "helped energize our people," Falwell said.
And when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (search) began performing gay marriages, it "really caught the attention of people of faith in this country, and what we have been saying could happen actually happened," he said.
"The timing could not have been better. That, along with the abortion issues and the terrorism issue, helped us to get our people awakened."
While overseeing the coalition, Falwell said he would leave day-to-day operations of Liberty University (search) and Thomas Road Baptist Church (search) — both of which he founded — to his sons Jerry Jr., 42, and Jonathan, 38.
Mathew Staver, founder of the conservative law group Liberty Counsel in Orlando, Fla., will be the coalition's vice chairman; Jonathan Falwell will be its executive director. Theologian Tim LaHaye will be the board chairman.