Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham, has added his opinion as to why Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election to President Obama. Unlike claims of voter fraud or voter intimidation coming from Fox News and their analysts, Graham’s reasoning has little to do with President Obama or the Democrats in America.
“We’ve turned our backs on God,” Graham told CBN’s David Brody on Friday morning.
Graham believes the biggest problem with the United States is secularism. He points to President Obama’s support of marriage equality as a key reason America is on a slope towards complete secularism.
Graham voiced his support for Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority Coalition in years past. He pointed to the work of Ralph Reed and other religious groups in spreading the word on how important it is for evangelicals to vote.
“The vast majority of evangelicals did not go to the polls,’ Graham alleged during the interview.
The Faith and Freedom Coalition’s own national polling stands at odds with Graham’s view. Evangelicals comprised 27 percent of the overall electorate with 78 percent of evangelicals voting for Mitt Romney. Ralph Reed is the President of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
In a statement last week, Reed claimed as many evangelicals voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 as had voted for former President George W. Bush in 2004.
The religious right faction of the GOP never tires of selling fear and loathing. They persistently pimp paranoia and bile because if there’s not an ultimate evil and we aren’t all doomed, why the hell would you do what they say? Since we are in one of those tail wags the dog periods where the Tea party Evangelists and Paleolibertarian Galtiopaths are setting 100 percent of the GOP agenda, let me tell you what you should really fear.
You should fear the anti science crowd taking over congress and the courts - if you wanted to really stultify the economy and place us far behind our competitors that would be your first step. You would put superstition in charge of science and environmental policy. If you put medieval mindsets in charge of women’s health, then we will return the whole country to the red state problem of excessive out of wedlock teen pregnancy and excessive abortion and excessive infant mortality. Finally, if we allow people who believe their fundamentalist faith’s apocalyptic visions too deeply to set our foreign policy then we will war without end because war debt is the best debt to saddle future generations with since there won’t be future generations in their views.
So here we have the latest fear bomb from Ralph Reed, he goes Godwin against our President and then labels him communist. The religious right can’t decide whether Obama is Hitler, Stalin, or Muslim, but they just know that he must be one or more of those… oh, and they want you to send them money…. or else…
A mailer blasted out by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a nonprofit group spending millions of dollars to mobilize evangelical voters this November to help Mitt Romney’s campaign, compares President Barack Obama’s policies to the threat posed by Nazi Germany and Japan during World War II. It also says that Obama has “Communist beliefs.” A copy of this so-called “Voter Registration Confirmation Survey” was obtained by Mother Jones after it was sent to the home of a registered Republican voter.
The Faith and Freedom Coalition is the brainchild of Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition who was once hailed as “the right hand of God” and who is now tasked with getting out the evangelical vote for Romney. In the mid-2000s, Reed was ensnared in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Reed was a longtime friend of Abramoff’s, and he took payments from Abramoff to lobby against certain American Indian casinos. Reed once ran a religious-themed anti-gambling campaign at the behest of an Abramoff-connected Native American tribe to try to prevent another tribe from opening a competitor casino. His current efforts for Romney are something of a political rehabilitation for Reed.
Reed is Romney’s best hope for rallying evangelical voters. The religious right is a sizable voting bloc: 26 percent of the electorate in 2008. Reed was credited with propelling the evangelical vote in the 2004 for George W. Bush and helping Bush beat Democratic Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). And Romney needs Reed’s kind of help. During the GOP primary, evangelicals tended to prefer Romney’s opponents Newt Gingrich and especially Rick Santorum, and over the summer, enthusiasm among evangelicals for Romney was noticeably lacking.
When he ran the Christian Coalition, Reed had a history of exaggerating his influence. (The less charitable might say he told big, fat lies.) It seems he’s up to his old tricks. The Times reported that Reed has compiled the “largest-ever database of reliably conservative religious voters.” He told the newspaper that his organization will call 17.1 million registered voters in 15 key states and that two million people will receive personal visits.
Of special interest to me was Reed’s claim that the Faith & Freedom Coalition will distribute 25 million voter guides in 117,000 churches. Yeah, I’ve heard that one before.
The Times dutifully reported all of this. Yet a little simple arithmetic shows that it’s almost certainly not true. According to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, there are estimated to be 350,000 religious congregations in the United States, many of which would have nothing with Reed’s group.
A large number of Christian churches are affiliated with mainline Protestant denominations. Reed’s group has no headway with these churches. They disagree with his agenda. Catholic and Orthodox churches account for about 24,000 congregations. The Catholic bishops decided years ago to keep voter guides issued by advocacy groups out of the pews.
Obviously most Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, etc. congregations are not going to help Reed out. That leaves him with evangelical congregations. To be sure, there are many of them in America, but even here Reed would encounter difficulties.
All signs indicate that evangelicals are getting weary of the constant political drumbeat. Polls show that most Americans - especially younger churchgoers - attend services for spiritual reasons, not to hear political rants.
But let’s say by some miracle there were 117,000 churches friendly to Reed’s group. The amount of work required to coordinate with them would be staggering - not to mention extremely expensive. One would have to spend years laying the groundwork, yet Reed’s Coalition, until recently, had an annual budget of less than $1 million.
Publicly available documents show that the budget for Reed’s group jumped from $743,015 in 2009 to about $5.5 million in 2010. Reed claims he’ll spend $10-12 million this year. Obviously some well-heeled right-wing fat cats are pouring money into the effort. Reed will clearly connect with some voters and churches, but he’s not going to reach 33 percent of entire American religious community.
I’m also suspicious of the claim that the Coalition will contact 17 million voters. Reed may have access to some high-tech toys, but that number is more than 10 percent of all who voted in 2008. Again, meaningful contact with that many people - as opposed to just sending them a spam e-mail - would cost a lot of money.
OK, time for a survey. First question: How much danger do you think liberty is in right now as a result of President Obama’s policies, actions and agenda for America’s future?
More serious that the threats we faced in World War II from Nazi Germany and the Japanese because the attack on liberty is from our own government.
More serious than the threat we faced from the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
More serious than the Civil War.
All of the above.
Serious, but not as serious as the threats to liberty listed above.
President Obama is not an enemy of liberty.
If you picked A, B, C or, especially, D, go to the head of the class. You’re a prime candidate for the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Battle Plan to ‘Save Freedom’ in 2012.” If you chose F, not so much.
Because, according to the Coalition, Obama wants a society where “bureaucrats micromanage every aspect of your life,” the “IRS seizes most of what you earn,” and health care rationing boards decide “ultimately whether you live or die.
The question above is part of a “survey” contained in a Faith and Freedom Coalition fund-raising letter that arrived this week.
A complaint has been lodged with the Federal Election Commission against Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign and others, alleging they violated federal election law while rallying for votes in Michigan.
Joe DiSano, a Democratic strategist, sent the complaint Friday alleging that Santorum took an illegal in-kind campaign contribution by holding a Feb. 17 rally in Shelby Township at a banquet hall donated for free.
The complaint centers on Glenn Clark, the president of the Michigan Faith and Freedom Coalition, who took a position as the volunteer campaign coordinator for Santorum in Michigan, where the former senator narrowly lost the popular vote to Mitt Romney on Feb. 28.
Clark organized the packed rally at the Palazzo Grande for Santorum while serving as president of the nonprofit that promotes socially conservative values. Federal election law bans a corporation from coordinating expenditures with a campaign. With Clark acting in dual roles, DiSano additionally alleges the coalition coordinated with the campaign and made illegal in-kind contributions.
Clark and Santorum’s campaign adviser have denied any wrongdoing. Neither Clark nor the campaign responded to requests for comment Monday.
The national Faith and Freedom Coalition has been concerned about Clark’s role with the campaign, going so far as to ask for his resignation from its Michigan affiliate. The national group has chosen not to endorse a candidate and invites all to its sponsored events. “The national Faith & Freedom Coalition has launched our own investigation, separate from the MI FFC affiliate, into these serious allegations raised by this FEC complaint,” Gary Marx, executive director of the national group, said in a statement.