IFAS | Freedom Writer | February 1995 | reed.html

Reed masks Christian Coalition's
true agenda

Christian Coalition executive director Ralph Reed recently took the American Jewish Congress (AJC) to task for falsely claiming he made statements about America being a "Christian nation." Reed repudiated statements attributed to him in a Wall Street Journal article.

According to the article, Reed said the goal of the Christian Coalition is for Christians "to take back this country one precinct at a time, so we will see a country once again governed by Christians...and Christian values."

In a letter to Phil Baum, AJC executive director, he said: "As for the quotation attributed to me in the July 19 [1994] Wall Street Journal, I never made any such remark. During my entire tenure at this organization, I have never made a comment that even remotely resembled that which has falsely been attributed to me."

Reed's objection was an obvious attempt to obscure the true agenda of the Christian Coalition, the organization founded by the Rev. Pat Robertson. While Reed may indeed not have ever made such statements, his boss, Christian Coalition president, Pat Robertson, did.

In "America at a Crossroads," a 1990 recruiting video produced by the Christian Coalition, Robertson and Reed succinctly outlined the purpose and agenda of the Christian Coalition. On that tape Robertson said: "Christians founded this nation, they built this nation, and for three hundred years they governed this nation. We can govern again. That's why I founded the Christian Coalition."

Later in the same video, Robertson said: "The mission of the Christian Coalition is simple: to mobilize Christians one precinct at a time, one community at a time, one state at a time, until once again we are the head and not the tail, and at the top rather than the bottom of our political system."

Robertson, echoing a similar statement by Ralph Reed, summed up the 17-minute presentation by stating, "I believe the Christian Coalition will be the most powerful political force in America by the end of this decade."

The matter came up at a November 29, 1994 meeting in Washington between Jewish and conservative Christian leaders. The meeting was called partly in response to the Anti-Defamation League's important book, The Religious Right: The Assault on Tolerance and Pluralism in America.

Apparently, because he is trying to broaden the appeal of the Christian Coalition, Reed distanced himself from the statements. Reed knows that the Religious Right cannot win elections by itself. When people know the true mission of the Christian Coalition, they will reject it as an attempt to Christianize America.

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