April 4, 2013
Mathew Staver Receives Weyrich Award for Faith Community Leader of the Year
Washington, DC - Liberty Counsel’s Founder and Chairman, Mathew D. Staver, received the Faith Community Leader of the Year Award at the Weyrich Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. Paul Weyrich, after whom the Weyrich Awards are named, began his career as a political reporter for the Milwaukee Journal newspaper and later became the press secretary for Republican U.S. Senator Gordon Allott of Colorado. In 1973, Weyrich and Edwin Feulner founded the Heritage Foundation as a conservative think tank. Along with Rev. Jerry Falwell, he helped found the Moral Majority and coined the phrase "Moral Majority." Weyrich was instrumental in many significant organizations, including being the founder of the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization of state legislators; cofounder of the Council for National Policy; and national chairman of the Coalitions for America, which reorganized into the Free Congress Foundation.
Weyrich hosted a weekly meeting of conservative political leaders in Washington, D.C., which continues to this day. Honoring the legacy of Paul Weyrich, the 15-member awards committee chose Mat Staver based on his "contribution to the cause of liberty and truth" and because he is an "example for all Americans."
Each year the Weyrich Awards Dinner honors leaders who have greatly advanced the "cause of liberty through organizations and media and whose work reflects beliefs, principles and convictions that are harmonious with the values espoused by Weyrich."
Staver called the award a "great honor," saying that he was "humbled by the recognition in light of the notable achievements and accomplishments of Paul Weyrich."
"Paul Weyrich, along with President Ronald Reagan, Dr. Jerry Falwell, and a few others, was one of my ideological heroes. His faith and commitment to traditional American and Judeo-Christian values and adherence to constitutional principles have always been a great source of inspiration for me," said Staver.
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