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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

"Christian" Coalition takes the blame

What makes fundamentalists so...fundamental? Is it a genetic thing, an anomaly of the brain that makes it so they HAVE to think the way they do? What other explanation could there be? Surely no one would CHOOSE to see reality and reason as the enemy?

While you're pondering those imponderables, ponder the following imponderable letter the Christian Coalition e-mailed to its adherents. (Annotated with our corrections and notes.)

Dear Friend,

The elections are over and pro-family conservatives won important victories all across America – and you helped make the difference! Whether in the form of financial support, helping distribute thirty million voter guides, encouraging others to vote, or simply praying, your support was critical to this victory.

In thirteen states [actually, it was 11], by overwhelming margins, voters passed amendments to their state constitutions defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.

We now have increased numbers of committed pro-life, pro-family conservatives in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives…as well as a President who is not ashamed of his faith and is willing to stand up for his beliefs.

The exit polls from the election tell why we succeeded. Of all the issues that influenced how people cast their ballot, the number one category was not terrorism, not taxes or the economy, but “moral issues” [actually, the number one category was terrorism].

This clearly tells us that Christian conservatives showed up at the polls in record numbers on Election Day, that they were educated about where candidates stood on the issues and that they were motivated to vote based on those issues. In short, Christian voter-education – specifically voter guides – made the difference!

While we had much success in this recent election, our work is not done. We must now turn our attention to the coming year and to the incredible opportunities that God has given us to advance the pro-family agenda.

Our 2005 legislative priorities include:

* Confirming conservative judges to our federal courts.
* Making the 2001 tax cuts permanent. (Includes the “marriage penalty tax” cut and the “child tax credit”, now set to expire in 2010)
* Passing the "Child Custody Protection Act". (To protect parental notification rights concerning abortions performed on minors)
* Passing the "Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act." (To free churches from the fear that the IRS if they speak out on political matters) [the IRS will what--remove entire phrases from your e-mails and render them incoherent?]
* Passing the “First Amendment Restoration Act”. (Amend campaign finance reform to restore the free speech rights of Americans who wish to participate in the political process)

The election is over, but our important work continues. With your help, the Christian Coalition was able to distribute millions of Voter Guides and help get Christians to the polls. Will you help us move forward in 2005 and take advantage of the victories we have won by making an online contribution today?

As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday, let’s be diligent to give God the thanks and praise for his answers to our prayers concerning our nation.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers and financial support. May God bless you and your family.

Sincerely,

Roberta Combs
President

P.S. Your voice – joined with tens of thousands of like-minded citizens – will make all the difference! Will you continue stand with us? We need your financial support to be an effective voice for you in Washington. Send your critical gift today. Together, we can build on the success of the 2004 election and have a successful 2005!

Christian Coalition of America
P.O. Box 37030
Washington, D.C. 20013
www.cc.org Telephone: (202) 479-6900
Fax: (202) 479-4262

(Via Colleen Spedale.)

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