Freedom Writer - February 1995
Reed masks 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
In a letter to Phil Baum, AJC executive director, he said: "As for
the quotation attributed to me in the July 19  _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
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,
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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