Freedom Writer - October 1995 _How_the_Christian_Coalitionuses the Internet_ Like many org

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Freedom Writer - October 1995 _How_the_Christian_Coalitionuses the Internet_ Like many organizations, the Christian Coalition is still a novice on the Internet. Nevertheless, key people in the organization understand the potential of the information highway. "Unfortunately," said Dr. Max Karrer, head of the Florida Christian Coalition, "the leaders at national are still in the fax stage of communication." He said their priority is establishing a national electronic linkup between all Christian Coalition state and county chapters. Karrer defined _cyberdemocracy_ as the use of computers to access and distribute information that will facilitate the political process." On the national level, the Christian Coalition operates an Internet site at [ref001]http://www.cc.org. The unsophisticated page includes articles from _The_Christian_American_ and speeches of Ralph Reed. The group is currently looking into establishing a special account with America Online (AOL) as a way of linking all the state and county chapters. Karrer said the Christian Coalition currently reaches a lot of members by searching the profiles of AOL subscribers. They look for "Christian Coalition" in the user profile. Those AOL members then receive material from the Coalition by email. The Florida Christian Coalition uses the Internet as an email network for state chairmen, state executive directors, and key contacts. They also use it to upload and download database files between state and national. Karrer recognizes the efficiency of email. "I can distribute 50 letters in 12 seconds," Karrer said. The Florida Christian Coalition home page is linked to the national home page. It also facilitates an email network of county coordinators, where they can upload and download database files between state and county chapters. The Florida Christian Coalition home page also includes state legislative committee information, county coordinators, state legislative scorecards, voter guides, the Florida Christian Coalition newsletter, articles and research from the state coalition, and other information. Florida Christian Coalition county home pages offer similar information, but in many cases may be even more useful for browsers. Available information includes local chapter newsletters, meeting times and program, the local school board agenda, home schooler information, agenda of the county commissioners, local voter guides, directory of local churches involved with the Christian Coalition, directory of church liaison members, chapter phone and fax numbers, and the chapter coordinator and directors. An audience member volunteered, "Browsing the Internet is a tactical gold mine. The liberals broadcast everything they're doing. We have to be careful not to do that." "Don't put anything on your home page that you don't want accessed by the public," Karrer reminded the audience. Noting the _Freedom_ Writer_ camcorder, he added, "This is not the place to discuss tactics." [ref002][ref003] Return to table of contents Copyright 1995 IFAS The Freedom Writer / ifas@crocker.com [ref001] http://www.cc.org [ref002] index.html [ref003] ../../uparrow.gif This file is copywritten by the Institute for First Amendment Studies. Subscribe to The Freedom Writer and Walk Away news letters by writing to or telephoneing the Institute for First Amendment Studies: Post Office Box 589 Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 01230 Telephone: (413) 528-3800 E-Mail: ifas@crocker.com Web page: http://www.crocker.com/~ifas

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