IFAS | Freedom Writer | March 1994 | net.html

Christian Coalition's net widens

In its efforts to "cast a wider net," thus expanding its voting bloc, Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition hopes to lure Catholics and conservative blacks. Father Michael Scanlon, president of the University of Steubenville, is cooperating with the Christian Coalition to bring Catholics and Evangelicals together. Pointing to the 1993 New York City school board elections, he said that the cooperation between the groups helped win seats in that race. "When we say separation of church and state," Scanlon said, "I just don't even accept the term."

And, with its eyes on 20 million black church members, the Coalition's executive director, Ralph Reed, described his group's plans to reach that community. "For years," he said, "the pro-family movement has been a largely white, evangelical, Protestant phenomenon with its feet planted firmly in the Republican Party." "That white, churchgoing base is vital to our success," he continued. "But for our movement to realize its full potential, we must reach beyond the white church to embrace the full racial diversity of America and make inroads among traditionally Democratic voters."

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