“We believe that the greatness of America lies not in the federal government but in the character of our people.” I wholeheartedly agree. Such is the motto of the newly created Faith & Freedom Coalition. About a week ago I received an email from these folks. The purpose of the message was for the group to contact conservatives in the Shenandoah Valley, promising a free lunch to activists and pastors alike. Headlining the event was the head of the national organization, Ralph Reed. If you will recall, Ralph Reed’s major claim to fame was as the former Executive Director of the Christian Coalition. Not surprisingly, like the Christian Coalition this group seeks to educate, activate, and motivate conservative Christians. It is not as easy of a task as you would think as unfortunately a considerable number of Christians still feel uncomfortable participating in politics.
But, besides the above tag line, for what does this group stand? According to a handout presented at the lunch, the principles of the Faith & Freedom Coalition are:
– Respect for the sanctity and dignity of life, family, and marriage as the foundations of a free society.
– Limited government, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility to unleash the creative energy of entrepreneurs.
– Education reform that puts children first.
– Help the poor, the needy, and those who have been left behind.
– Free markets and free minds to create opportunity for all.
– Victory in the struggle with terrorism and tyranny while supporting our democratic allies, including Israel.
Although I’d like a few more details, especially when it comes to the topics of education reform and help for the needy, they do seem to promote the same values as I. Nevertheless, the last point could present problems, if they embrace the neoconservative agenda of global domination and preemptive war…and blanket support for any nation is troubling. We should certainly work with our allies, but not unconditionally, for nations often change based upon what person or group presently leads them. One needs only to look to Post World War I Germany and Italy, the fall of the Shah in Iran, or Castro’s Cuba.
I’m always glad to see a new conservative organization. In conjunction with the national organization, Virginia also has it’s own chapter led by Jack Rohrer. You can find the national website here and the Virginia website is here. Go check them out and get connected.
Oh and here’s a couple of pictures from the event.