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
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
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
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."
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