Freedom Writer - January 1994 [ref001] Coalition opens doors to public,but forgets the wel
Freedom Writer - January 1994
Coalition opens doors to public,but forgets the welcome mat
Cloaked in secrecy in 1991 and 1992, this year's Road to Victory conference
was allegedly open to the media and the paying public. So, Skipp Porteous
and Barbara Simon, of the Institute for First Amendment Studies, paid
the registration fee and attended the September 9th and 10th conference
at the Hilton in Washington, D.C. On the afternoon of the second day,
the group divided into state caucuses. By this time, most of the
media had left.
Simon and Porteous headed for the Massachusetts caucus. On the way,
however, Christian Coalition security personnel nabbed Porteous and
barred him from entering, claiming his presence would be "disruptive."
Simon eluded them and went into the meeting. n Patricia Hoffmann,
who conducted the Massachusetts meeting, told Simon to leave. "We're
here to build our state, and you're not welcome!" Hoffmann said.
When Simon protested, Hoffmann threatened to have her "removed bodily"
if she didn't leave promptly. "That's not very Christian of you,"
Simon replied before leaving of her own accord.
Meanwhile, other security personnel gathered around Porteous. Soon
the Christian Coalition's national field director, Guy Rodgers, joined
them. Rodgers took credit for barring the couple from the secret
meetings. Then, Coalition executive director Ralph Reed appeared.
He freely admitted to issuing the order barring Simon and Porteous.
When Porteous questioned him concerning his directive, Reed retorted,
"You're not pro-family!" Porteous then stated, "I beg your pardon,
I am pro-family." Reed responded, "Well, you're not pro-family conservative."
Porteous had the last word when he countered with, "But I am pro-family
- just not your brand of pro-family."
Represented by almost 300 Coalition members from Pennsylvania, that
state's Christian Coalition chapter was awarded a $10,000 prize for
having the most delegates at Road to Victory 1993. This Christian
Coalition chapter successfully utilized educational issues to rally
Its success has led the Pennsylvania state chapter to purchase the
Aristotle voter identification program. This computer program, which
is commercially available nationwide, costs approximately $30,000
(per state list) and identifies every registered voter in that state.
The Christian Coalition's national office will kick in $5,000 toward
the purchase price. Christian Coalition state chapters currently using
Aristotle include: California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and South
Carolina. The state chapters provide the local chapters with this
program so that they can compare registered voters with the membership
lists of local conservative Christian churches. These church members
are then targeted by the Coalition for involvement as Christian political
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