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Faith Bible does offer political reading material in its main foyer, including newsletters from Focus on the Family and the Rocky Mountain Family Council. "They have material out, but that does not mean the church is involved in politics," says Miller. "Quite frankly, I wish they wish they were more involved in politics. I wish more churches were involved in politics. You can't separate the two. If you're a Christian, you can't go out and be something else for six days a week and then just go to church and be a Christian on Sunday morning. It's impossible. I say anybody who has a left-wing ideology has a religion of their own, too. And, of course, it influences their lives. It has to, or what good is it?"

Miller doesn't shy away from the term "Christian right." However, she adds, "I don't like `extreme right-wing religious fanatic.' I certainly don't like that. I don't know why I have to be labeled anything. Why am I not a `Reagan Republican'?"

By the late Eighties Pat Miller had made a complete conversion from her Democratic youth. She was named a Homemaker of the Year by the local chapter of the Eagle Forum, Phyllis Schlafly's organization. Today she marvels at her former beliefs.

"I voted for the ERA!" she recalls. "I was far left, far left. But women have been lied to. Women can have it all, but they want it too soon. Raise your children. Then you can do anything you want to do."

But with her burgeoning political career have come brickbats. "Especially after the last election," she says. "It was awful, and I expect it's going to be much worse. I had a phone call, and this guy said, `We've got you,' and I know they were working on a flier--did you see that flier? They put a picture of Pat Robertson with me in his pocket and said I was leader of the extreme religious right. I wasn't even on Pat Robertson's mailing list."

Miller does acknowledge that some of her fans can be a little extreme. "Taking up arms is not my thing," she says, referring to a topic often discussed by Patriots who loathe the federal government. "I figure if I can be on the air and say, `Look, there's hope, we can still do this peacefully,' I feel like I can be an influence in that group, too. Am I pro-gun? You bet I am. You bet. And I don't like what the government's doing. They are hacking away at the Constitution. If that is extreme, I'm an extreme person when it comes to defending the Constitution. If people don't start getting extremist on that issue, we're not going to have one. If you don't know what your freedoms are, you'll easily give them away."

And, yes, she doesn't like the U.N.
"Maybe I'm too pro-American. Maybe that's the problem," she says. "Maybe I'm supposed to go along with this new philosophy that we're all one world, you know. There are so many so-called fanatics and extremists in [the Patriot] movement that you have to walk around on eggshells, because if you're seen talking to someone, `Oh! Okay, well she must be anti-Semitic, then, because I saw her talking to so-and-so and he's anti-Semitic.' So you walk around and you think, I'd better not be seen with this person or that person. And I'm sorry, I can't be that way. I'm a real person. I love people. And if you're going to be an influence in the world, you talk to all kinds of people. It doesn't mean I agree with them or that they agree with me. You talk about coalition building? And shouldn't I be broadening my base?"

That may depend on what potential voters think are her real views. Take, for instance, the book on her coffee table, Rape of Justice: America's Tribunals Exposed, a how-to book for people who want to take lawyering into their own hands. Its author, a self-described historian named Eustace Mullins, is known for propagating the idea, based on his study of the Bible, that the phrase "Have a nice day" is a code that warns of an imminent Zionist pogrom against Christians.

"I haven't even read that book," Miller says when asked about it. "Somebody at work gave it to my husband."

Lynn Miller walks into the room just about then. He too swears he has "no idea" what the book's about.

"Yeah," says Pat Miller, "we have some pretty radical stuff around this house, but I can't say I didn't know about that if somebody asks me. You know, the U.N. thing, that's a red flag, you're not supposed to talk about the U.N. thing, but people are talking about it. And the Republicans who ran in my race didn't have an iota about the Federal Reserve Bank thing and the U.N. problems. But at the grassroots--deep--those things are going on."

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Ward Harkavy
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