Economic issues seem to be dominating the 2012 campaign, but a quiet electoral revolution is brewing. The “religious vote” is on the move, and it’s not going leftward.
Disgusted by the Democrats’ embrace of the abortion industry and the homosexual agenda, plus the reckless spending and the Democrats’ initially leaving God and Jerusalem out of the party platform, the rightward march may turn into a stampede on Nov. 6. Building on the Tea Party-fueled GOP tsunami in 2010, “values voter” activists are in hyperdrive.
The Rev. Billy Graham, while not endorsing a candidate, is featured in full-page ads urging Americans “to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman.” Barack Obama in May, it should be noted, endorsed homosexual “marriage.”
Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Coalition, a high-tech version of the old Christian Coalition, began in September distributing 17 million voter guides in battleground states, including Spanish language versions, according to CBN.com’s David Brody.
In Ohio, a crevasse has opened between city and country. In 2004, Ohioans approved a constitutional marriage amendment with 62% of the vote. Yet, today, “in the 10 biggest cities in Ohio, all the mayors are for gay ‘marriage,’” said Phil Burress, president of Cincinnati-based Citizens for Community Values and CCV Action. “What’s happening is that the conservatives are leaving the big cities, so we are concentrating on the rural areas. Seventy-two counties are ‘red,’ and only 16 counties are ‘blue.’”
A former union organizer who became a Christian activist, Burress told me in a phone call on Thursday that his group has been operating six call centers since last May. They distributed 2.2 million voter guides over the last two weeks, plus 1.5 million business cards for a website that endorses candidates. “The technology is unbelievable,” Burress said. “We see what the other side had four years ago. We know 300 things about 8.4 million people who live in Ohio. We know who’s pro-life and who’s not.”
While the media ruminate over whether Mitt Romney’s Mormonism will cost him evangelical votes, Christian activists are rallying the faithful. The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger noted this in his recent column, “Romney’s Secret Voting Bloc”: