Freedom Writer - February 1994
Coalition strategy courts minorities
Declaring that the Christian Right will no longer "concede the minority
community to the political left," Christian Coalition executive director
Ralph Reed recently announced plans to begin advertising on minority-owned
radio stations and sending literature to black and Latino churches.
The Coalition's _Christian_American_ (October 1993) newspaper ran
a front-page photo of a black family to illustrate a new poll showing
that black and Latino respondents hold conservative views on the issues
of abortion, homosexuality, crime, welfare and affirmative action.
According to political sociologist and investigative journalist Sara
Diamond, Reed presumably hopes the new mission of racial reconciliation
embraced by evangelical churches and the Christian broadcasting networks
will help him realize his political goals. She says that a recent
report to the American Political Science Association on 1992 voting
patterns found that for the first time religious fervor is a better
predictor of political participation than religious denomination.
"But," Diamond adds, "whether the new found inclusiveness of Christian
evangelicals will lead to political alliances that transcend race
remains to be seen."
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