Skip to comments.5M New Christian Voters Can Decide 2012 Election, Group Says
Posted on 09/17/2011 7:12:02 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
A non-profit group in liberal Silicon Valley is seeking to register 5 million new Christian conservative voters from across the country, who according to its research, can decide the 2012 presidential election and bring the biblical worldview to the forefront of American life and politics.
Of the estimated 60 million Christians in the United States, only 30 million vote in any given election. The rest do not realize the power they hold in one single vote, says United in Purpose, a group backed by a few Silicon Valley venture capitalists that is running a project caklled Champion the Vote.
The group found that the voting margin between candidates was far lower than the number of registered Christian voters. For example, the two main candidates in Missouri in 2008 had a margin of a mere 3,903 votes while the number of unregistered Christian voters was 102,522. Similarly, North Carolinas voting margin was only 14,177 votes with 281,212 unregistered voters.
We have researched 21 states and have concluded that getting 5 million new registered Christians will decide an election, says the Champion the Vote website. On Nov. 6, 2012 we will have the opportunity to decide who runs our United States of America.
The group, in partnership with Christian organizers and conservative groups, aims to have 100,000 Champions, Christians talking to other Christians about registering and voting. It is putting together a database of all evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics in the country who have not registered.
Our goal is to raise up a body of believers and that they elect a lot of godly leaders, The Los Angeles Times quoted Bill Dallas, chief executive of United in Purpose, as saying. Dallas said his group would not promote any particular party or candidate. Were about the agenda of the lamb, Jesus Christ.
But the groups efforts are clearly going to help Republican candidates. The organizations issues include right to life, religious freedom, traditional marriage, God and government, morality and ethics, voter registration, and prayer in the public arena.
The falling popularity of President Barack Obama is giving hope to Christian groups. Obama has awakened the sleeping giant of the social conservative vote, Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition, was quoted as saying. Whether every lofty plan to register and educate evangelical and Catholic voters comes to fruition or not, the multiplicity and intensity of the efforts underway suggest Obama and the Democrats will compete on a much more even playing field than they were in 2008.
I have the audacity to believe that we can be an influence on both parties, technology entrepreneur Ken Eldred, a Republican donor who is also funding Champion the Vote, was quoted as saying. I personally believe that someday were going to stand before God, and hes going to pull out a ballot and say, How did you vote in this election? And there are going to be people who say, Why do you care about that, God? And hes going to say, Because I created that country and I put you in charge.
Over the next 10 years, the United in Purpose group aims to mobilize 40 million evangelicals in the United States to vote. American Christians have the responsibility to honor both the Cross and the flag, says the projects website.
Give this author a Fuente Opus X!
While FR continuously obsesses over meaningless Jewish votes, unregistered, non-voting, or voting-for-the-other side self-proclaimed evangelical Christians outnumber the winning Democrat margins in most or many states.
I’m not sure Christians vote in a block. I would not vote for a Christian just because they are a self-proclaimed Christian.
Prayer is Powerful.
have a Blessed Sunday ALL..
Maybe its my protestant upbringing but I get nervous about powerful governing authority within Christianity. Its why I like the tea party, multiple disorganized groups.
Besides, the National Council of Churches claim to be Christian but they have a pretty clear green socialist bent.
I agree. The last thing I want is any sort of theocracy. I want God to be acknowledged and to guide our country, but I don’t want someone who says “God told me...”. That can lead to all sorts of problems.
Where are these voters ? Registering Christian voters in already Red states is not going to help.
It seems a bit high, but let’s be optimistic. There are probably more Christians in China now.
And you claim to be optimistic?
Be careful what you pray for...There are BHO bumper stickers on cars in the parking lot of my Catholic Church. (ok so it’s a northern VA parish)
Somebody has some math issues. We’re an 80%+ christian nation of over 300 million people.
If Christians would return to principle, the abortion holocaust would end virtually overnight.
So you are saying that these Catholics are Christians? Sounds like they are following “the ONE” false messiah.
RE: There are BHO bumper stickers on cars in the parking lot of my Catholic Church.
Interesting... these people go to church. They know that the priests and the head of the church - The Pope is OPPOSED to abortion.
They either know or don’t know that Obama is pro-choice— so pro-choice in fact that he refused to vote for the Illinois Born Alive Babies Act ( a law that would require physicians and nurses and health care providers to take care of babies who survived botch abortions )... yet.. they vote for someone who goes against what their church teaches...
I wonder how they can reconcile being Catholic and voting for Obama...
My thoughts exactly. Something doesn't smell right here.
I, too, would resist an attempt to unify a “christian” voting bloc, though I have no objection to the outreach described in the article.
We don’t need to be told by some earthly authority how to vote...we are led by the Spirit.
I see in other countries they have political parties with “christian” in the title- don’t understand it quite. As citizens, we should vote our conscience, and the Spirit is not divided- but we can never vote in the Kingdom of Heaven.
we were told that Jimmy Carter was a Christian...a Baptist...
What was not to like...
RE: Christian voters split approximately the same as the rest of the electorate in the 2008 election. ~53% Obama, ~46% McCain.
Doesn’t this tell us that most Christians care more about other issues than social issues like abortion and gay marriage?
“Christian Liberals bug me more than atheist liberals do!
Yep we should only let the Muslims organize and vote as a block, Christians need to stay out of the Frey.
>Be careful what you pray for...There are BHO bumper stickers on cars in the parking lot of my Catholic Church. (ok so its a northern VA parish)<
Same here..I;m in Hollywood CA. My lib parish is sooo lib they always pray “for the Iraq war to end”. Seriously. It’s in the homily.
Plus, our parish has the annual gay week where every fudgepacker, er I mean gay converge unto the church, yakk it up loudly, disrespecting the priest and the obviously pissed off parishioners and never come back for “regular” mass.
Because they've bought into the notion that abortion is just ONE issue among many, and that Social Justice for the poor trumps all. They believe that Republicans hate poor people, and want them to starve and die, so Democrats HAVE to be elected. You can't make them understand that Social Justice for the unborn is THE MOST important issue.
According to Barna research, 90% of those who profess to be Christians hold a non-Biblical worldview. The predominate worldview in America is Secular Humanism, not Christian Theism.
From this LaTimes companion article I made these observations:
“is using sophisticated data-mining techniques to compile a database of every unregistered born-again and evangelical Christian and conservative Catholic in the country.”
Well good thing this list will not be privy to any who hate Christ and reject Him, as it could be proven to be a goldmine when it’s time for the Church to go through persecution. /sarc
“”Our goal is to raise up a body of believers and that they elect a lot of godly leaders,” said Bill Dallas, chief executive of United in Purpose.”
It is the mission of the local body to raise up it’s own converts and disciples, who after being taught holiness will know how to vote.
I don’t know why we think that if every political leader were a believer, and every athlete were saved, and every movie star lived righteously, that somehow by magic our neighbors daughter would not seek an abortion. If we wanna save a nation, we need to start by sharing Christ with the guy who lives on the other side of our fence.
“The Champion the Vote website lists “right to life,” religious freedom and traditional marriage as the organization’s top issues”....
“We’re about the agenda of the lamb, Jesus Christ.”
Really? I always thought the agenda was “Go preach the Gospel...and make disciples”...instead they’ve turned the Lamb’s agenda” into something Budda could have done.
Well, they already have all of the communists and moron welfare cases voting, Christians should join the party.
Winning With Evangelicals
How the 2004 presidential race turned on religious outreach
After the 2000 election debacle, which saw Bush lose the popular vote, White House political don Karl Rove estimated publicly that 4 million white evangelical voters had stayed home on Election Day 2000. He vowed to reinvigorate them for 2004. . .
When Ralph Reed left Christian Coalition after the 1996 election, the organization-which had boasted an $8.5 million budget and a thousand nationwide chapters-more or less collapsed. Membership dwindled and the group fell into debt. But, the Bushies theorized, neither GOP strategists nor Christian right groups had appreciated the vacuum in voter mobilization efforts left by Christian Coalition’s implosion until the exit polls came back from 2000. . .
In 2004, Bush’s campaign instead hired Reed to work from the inside. Officially, he was the Bush-Cheney chairman for the southeast region of the United States. But his more important assignment was to construct a vast volunteer infrastructure, extending into tens of thousands of voter precincts, to get evangelicals to the polls. “ . . .
Just get Evangelicals to the polls, for sure. The churches don’t need to cross the line and endorse candidates and jeopardize their tax-exempt status.
These folks will vote appropriately.
Where, in the Constitution, does it say churches cannot endorse candidates?
They can endorse, but they risk their tax-exempt status. So, most concentrate on registration, and issue advocation, but don’t endorse specific candidates. At least in my state.
So for filthy lucre, the churches have let their flocks elect evil men to office.
Not sure I’m following you here, but to maintain their tax status, churches here don’t endorse specific candidates.
I do, but not thru the Church, which was chartered by Christ to be in the world, but not of it.
I don’t judge churches, but they are a ripe field for potential conservative voters.
You can’t follow or just won’t accept that churches have failed to do the right thing so they can keep their money?
Most churches in New England once held 500 to 1000 members when they were built in the late 1800's. Many on those churches now have congregations with fewer than 100 members. We have a larger population than 100 years ago and far fewer church goers. The 80% figure strikes me as very fanciful.
I've got one on my truck too- It says FUBHO!
The United Methodist Church sent letters of support and approval to Bill Clinton for vetoing Congressionally passed Partial Birth Abortion Ban bills, TWICE! And they are the second largest Protestant Church in the USA, after the Baptists.
OK, I got you. I was explaining why they do what they do,politically. “They” being the 501 c (3) or whatever “churches”, who do not wish to lose their tax charter. I’m sure a good many Christians attend them, as well as a good many christians.
There is only one Church. It has no walls, and is concerned only with doing the will of God and preaching salvation thru the Holy Spirit, that many might be saved by faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It (the Church, the Body and Bride of Christ)is not concerned with human laws or government, and knows that God will provide all needs, although there are some housekeeping rules to be elucidated from the Scriptures.
I was talking politics; the Church couldn’t care less about the tax code of the secular government.
Did I pass your test? God Bless.
It wasn’t a test and I still don’t know what is restraining you.
It was a test designed by you. “Filthy lucre”. I do not conflate the Cross with the Flag.
One is temporal, one is eternal. Can we not have a foot in the world for our family? And one in eternity?
I’ll enlighten you:
Churches should give up their IRS status in order to tell the truth.
Conservatives should work to restore the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .
The True Church has no IRS or other earthly status.
When we wish otherwise, it is only a temporal compromise.
I will hold out for this Republic, but only to a point.
We know how it ends, but we will go down fighting here!