That Old-Time Religion

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ATLANTA: The post-Ralph Reed Christian Coalition returns to its roots today at the organization's annual convention. The weekend meeting will be held in Atlanta, far from Reed's Washington stomping grounds, as new leaders Don Hodel and Randy Tate look to re-energize a group that has hit a wall in its drive to expand its influence over American politics. "Movements of this kind rise or fall on whether the leadership can continue to have active folks down at the worker bee level," TIME's Laurence Barrett says. And, he adds, in the last eight months other factions in the religious right, such as the Family Research Council, have begun to steal the spotlight from the coalition.