A first-of-its-kind conference on “The War on Christians” will be held in Washington, D.C., this month to examine attacks from the news media, Hollywood, courts and activist groups.
Conference convener Vision America says “The War On Christians And The Values Voter in 2006” will be the first “to consider the savage and accelerating” attacks by groups such as the ACLU and Anti-Defamation League.
Speakers at the March 27-28 event will include Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan.; Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas; conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly; radio host Janet Parshall; and former Republican presidential candidates Gary Bauer and Alan Keyes.
“During the past Christmas season, the airwaves were abuzz with talk of the war on Christmas,” said Don Feder, a former syndicated columnist and the spokesman for the event. “Yet efforts to purge Christmas from the culture are but one aspect of a coordinated campaign against Bible-believing Christians.”
Feder says that while the mainstream media may not “get it,” a December poll by Fox News showed 59 percent of Americans believed “Christianity is under attack” in the United States.
Panels at the conference include “The Gay Agenda: America Won’t Be Happy,” “The ACLU And Radical Secularism: Driving God From The Public Square,” “Hollywood: Christians Through A Distorted Lens,” “Jews Confront The War On Christians,” “The Judiciary: Overruling God” and “The Media: Megaphone For Anti-Faith Values.”
Vision America was founded in 1998 by Rick Scarborough with the aim to “inform and mobilize pastors and their congregations to become salt and light, becoming pro-active in restoring Judeo-Christian values in America.”
Scarborough was senior pastor of from 1990 to 2002 of First Baptist Church of Pearland, Texas, near Houston. He drew national attention in 1992 when he exposed the contents of an assembly program on AIDS at the local high school in which a young woman candidly discussed many sex acts and expressed the opinion – presented as fact – that “safe sex” was attainable by using condoms.
Scarborough recorded the assembly and made transcripts available to his congregation the following Sunday morning. The resulting furor caught the eye of national media.
In the following months, the pastor mobilized his congregation and members began running for public office and volunteering for various political activist organizations. In 1996 he published the Book “Enough is Enough; a Call to Christian Involvement.”
The advisory board of Vision America includes Christian leaders such as D. James Kennedy, Don Wildmon, Jerry Falwell, Adrian Rogers and Laurence White, a Lutheran minister who serves as the national co-chairman along with Scarborough.