I am officially using this column in today’s WorldNetDaily to announce
the formation of a seven-month campaign — a movement to reclaim America as
one nation under God. I call this movement People of Faith 2000. With this
movement, it is my intent to bring 10 MILLION people of faith — people who
have never before voted — to the polls on Nov. 7, 2000.
In recent days, certain elements in both major political parties have
made it clear that people of faith are persona non grata in the American
Sen. John McCain was passionate when he attacked Pat Robertson and me in
his now-famous Virginia Beach speech — which was followed the next day by
huge losses in Virginia, Washington and North Dakota — and the “crash and
burn” of his total campaign a few days later.
Meanwhile, Vice President Al Gore, in his L.A. Times/CNN debate with Sen.
Bradley, told of an alleged private meeting between Gov. Bush, Pat Robertson
and me, from which Pat and I emerged telling the governor we were pleased
with what we had heard.
However, I can assure you that no such meeting ever occurred — just as
Mr. Gore did not invent the Internet, nor was “Love Story” based on his and
Tipper’s relationship. By fabricating this false story in a national forum,
Gore sent a clear signal that religious conservatives will be under a
focused and dangerous siege until at least Nov. 7.
Likewise, the national media is in almost unanimous agreement that the
“religious right” has no business participating in the political arena. Rev.
Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and other liberal ministers are heroes of
the left while social conservatives are anathema.
In fact, the demonization of conservative people of faith is being
accelerated in the Congress as well as in the media. Some leftists in the
Congress are now talking seriously of passing a resolution condemning Bob
Jones University as a result of Gov. Bush’s speech there. Be assured, the
vitriolic and anti-evangelical attacks will continue elsewhere.
As I have watched with deep concern the orchestrated plans of liberals
and civil libertarians to demonize and marginalize people of faith, I have
arrived at the same conclusion I reached over 20 years ago when I formed the
Moral Majority. Over 100,000 pastors, priests and rabbis, plus seven
million religious conservative grass-roots laypeople, joined forces more than
two decades ago.
Between 1979 and 1984, we registered over 8.5 million new voters through
the churches and religious organizations and re-activated millions more back
into the political arena!
As a result, Ronald Reagan was elected to two terms in the White House
and a new and more conservative Congress was swept into power. I dismantled
Moral Majority in 1989, feeling I had fulfilled this commitment, and
returned to my first love — serving as pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church
and chancellor of Liberty University. In recent times, however, the same
burden that drove me to create the Moral Majority 20 years ago has returned
to weigh heavily upon my heart. America — her families and children — is
again in serious moral and spiritual condition. Worse, people of faith are
being attacked openly and often, and a concerted and frightening effort is
being made on many fronts to force religious conservatives into a status of
second-class citizenship. (If you don’t believe this, look into the current
demonization of Dr. Laura Schlessinger, as her new television series is
being fiercely attacked by homosexuals who hate her Judeo-Christian stand.)
We cannot remain silent while our rights are stripped away. People of
faith in America must arise and be counted. This nation under God
desperately needs our participation today. According to many network exit
polls in several states during the McCain/Bush primaries, about 20 percent
of voters identified themselves as members of the “religious right.” They
voted overwhelmingly for George W. Bush, having been angered by McCain’s
statements which they considered anti-Christian. Many of the commentators
referred to the “Christian backlash” suffered by McCain, which may have cost
him the Republican nomination.
I consider Sen. McCain an American hero for his service to our nation,
and I sincerely hope he and Gov. Bush can be reconciled and work together in
the general election.
However, all of America was reminded of what Sen. McCain apparently
forgot — that about 20 percent of the total electorate is comprised of
religious conservatives. This is, by far, the largest minority voting bloc
in America. This bloc can always make the difference in a presidential
election and in the congressional elections, if we are truly energized and
Because I am obsessed and driven by this new burden, I am therefore
announcing a seven-month campaign, ending Nov. 7 — Election Day — which I
am calling People of Faith 2000.
I am not creating a new organization. People of Faith 2000 is a
movement! My permanent and primary focus must remain my Christian ministry,
serving Christ as pastor and chancellor.
But, I will devote the next seven months of my life to — once again —
attempting to energize, inform and mobilize the 70 million religious
conservatives in America in such a way that the Nov. 7, 2000 election
results will be historic.
The goals of People of Faith 2000 are defined and simple:
- A call to national prayer for the 200,000 ministers, and
their congregations, who receive my newspaper, National Liberty Journal,
other publications and media ministries. If millions pray daily for
America, based on II Chronicles 7:14, this nation can again return to its
spiritual roots. America can once again become one nation under God!
- We will attempt to register and bring to the polls, in November, at
least 10 million Americans who would not have voted otherwise. With
motor-voter registration now uniformly legalized in all states, we will
challenge and train 200,000 pastors to plan several “Citizenship Days”
between now and the fall, during which we will literally register 10 million
new voters right in the pews. An average of 50 new voters per congregation
will achieve our goal.
- Further, we will actively urge all registered, but apathetic, voters
to also fulfill their Christian duty by voting this year.
I have already begun putting together the infrastructure for
this seven-month campaign. Many of the people who helped me 20 years ago
with the formation of Moral Majority have persistently urged me to do what I
am now announcing.
They have assured me they will immediately “report for duty,” if I will
provide the leadership. It is most encouraging indeed.
Obviously, we will not endorse or oppose any congressional, presidential
or other candidates. This is not allowed by law. Only liberal clergymen
and religious organizations can endorse candidates and raise church funds
for candidacies without civil or criminal repercussion.
We do not need to break any rules. If people of faith pray, God will —
without doubt — lead them in making good decisions. And if millions of
people of faith vote — with hearts of prayer — I believe we can all live
with the November results.
Those wishing to learn more about People of Faith 2000 may visit my