People for the American Way

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People for the American Way is a U.S. political organization, self-described as progressive, formed in 1981 by Norman Lear, Barbara Jordan, Theodore Hesburgh, Andrew Heiskell "and a group of business, civic, religious, and civil rights leaders who were disturbed by the divisive rhetoric of newly politicized televangelists (i.e., politically active religious conservatives)."[1] It is nonprofit, but organized under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows it to lobby but cannot accept tax-deductible contributions.

They are explicitly opposed to principles of religious conservatism being applied to government.


  1. About Us, People for the American Way