By Michael F. Haverluck
In an unprecedented attempt to protect traditional marriage and save preborn children’s lives, an alliance of America’s top pro-family and pro-life organizations, known as the Life and Marriage Coalition, is concentrating on the strategic swing states of Ohio, Iowa and North Carolina to make sure voters know what stands Barack Obama has taken.
Obama, in fact, has been staging an aggressive attack against the sanctity of human life and the protection of marriage as a union between one man and one woman, according to the coalition’s concerted effort to alert voters via radio commercials, billboards, phone calls and bus tour events.
Prominent national organizations behind the effort include FRC Action (the legislative arm of the Family Research Council), the Susan B. Anthony List, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, the National Organization for Marriage and Common Sense Issues, while Iowa’s The Family Leader and the North Carolina Values Coalition are among state groups leading the charge.
Obama, meanwhile, has ushered open homosexual behavior into the U.S. military, spent untold hundreds of millions of American taxpayer dollars supporting abortion and has refused even to defend federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
The influential conservative groups believe that the stakes of the upcoming presidential election have never been higher, calling their epic stand for life and marriage a potential game-changer.
“This is a historic coming together of premiere social conservative groups to coordinate efforts in three swing states most likely to determine the outcome of this fall’s presidential election,” said FRC Action President Tony Perkins. “Many supporters of life and marriage do not realize that their votes could determine the outcome of the election, which in turn could determine the future of marriage and life in this country. We’re working together to ensure they understand that President Obama is anti-marriage and anti-life.”
Life and Marriage Coalition member FRC Action emphasizes that the current administration’s staunch anti-life platform is not just another leftist political position taken by the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history; it’s a direct assault on Americans’ constitutionally protected religious liberty.
“President Obama has made clear, in his legislation, public remarks and his lawsuits, that he believes religion and conscience should take a back seat to his pro-abortion, sterilization and contraception agenda,” FRC Action Senior Vice President Tom McClusky declared. “The president might think that violating one’s conscience ‘is not a big deal’ but to many Americans it is impossible.”
Informing voters about the true nature of the anti-Christian policies championed by the Obama administration is the key component behind the Life and Marriage Coalition’s campaign rallying voters to get the president out of the White House.
“We will work together as national groups and partner with local pro-family organizations to make sure that voters know that if we value marriage and want to stop government funding of abortion groups, we must defeat Barack Obama,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the 330,000-member Susan B. Anthony List. She was not only referring to Obama’s unwavering support of taxpayer dollars funding abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood but also the passage of Obamacare, which forces Americans to pay into the program that funds abortion.
And even though the major part of the Republican Party’s platform is focusing on Obama’s dismal report card on the economy – from the 8.3 percent unemployment rate to the failed stimulus and trillions of dollars added to the national debt over the past three years – organizers of the Life and Marriage Coalition want voters to realize that this election is about much more than their pocketbooks; it’s about safeguarding timeless principles that form the backbone of society.
“For millions of Americans, this election is about more than the economy, it’s about the direction our nation takes on foundational principles, like what constitutes marriage, and whether unborn children have a right to life,” National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown asserted.
Coalition members want people casting their ballots this fall to see the dynamic relationship of how the president’s economic policies ultimately fund immoral and socially destructive practices.
“Fiscal and social issues are not separate issues and it is our goal to educate voters of this indisputable truth,” said Common Sense Issues Executive Director Patrick Davis. “In fact and in practice they are inseparable principles fortifying and empowering each other much like the fiscal, spiritual and emotional union of a man and woman in marriage or the life-long relationship between a mother and father and their child. All fiscal issues have a social element to them.”
Davis warns voters that this election is just not a one-time event that will seal a long-lasting victory or defeat.
“Our coalition members are determined to defend American values on marriage and life for the long haul,” Davis pointed out. “The 2012 election is critical, but it is also important to lengthen the horizon to make sure that we have marriage and life champions running in critical races over the next several election cycles. We’re beginning to talk to prospective candidates now.”
As part of its efforts to counter the pro-Obama tide that swept over North Carolina four years ago, the North Carolina Values Coalition is heading up the “Charlotte 714” event on Sept. 2, right before the Democratic National Convention in that city. The NCVC reports that on this day, thousands from churches across North Carolina will gather to ask God to forgive and restore a nation that has rejected His Word, with 2nd Chronicles 7:14 set as the event’s central theme.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” ─ 2 Chronicles 7:14
The pro-family rally calling for youth groups, Sunday School classes, family and friends to attend will see Christian artists leading worship and pastors exhorting attendees with the message of hope declared in the event’s theme verse.
“The North Carolina Values Coalition is proud to get behind this event, which will provide the church a national platform from which to ask God to heal our own hearts and our land,” NCVC officials wrote on their website about the upcoming gathering at Charlotte’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. “What could be more appropriate than corporate repentance and prayer on the eve of and in the very city where the Democrat Party’s National Convention will decide its party platform and confirm its nominee for president?”
Meanwhile, in Iowa ─ one of the latest states to adopt same-sex “marriage” ─ The Family Leader President Bob Vander Plaats also is making waves going into the election. He admonished GOP leaders at the Republican National Convention to adhere to the Christian values and policies that have bonded and strengthened American society for centuries, giving special attention to Iowa’s lieutenant governor, who was recently appointed as secretary of the RNC.
“I am urging Lt. Governor Reynolds to put aside the establishment expectations and to stand in the gap and lead for the sake of the pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-family and pro-freedom conservatives,” Vander Plaats stated Tuesday. “It is our hope and prayer that those authentic conservatives will be inspired by the unwavering spirit of our Founders to implement all measures to keep the power-hungry establishment in check.”
Yet despite Vander Plaats’ concerns that the Republican Party might digress from the principles that have been at the core of the GOP’s platform for generations, Perkins states that his fears have recently been put to rest after working with representatives of presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign.
“I was very concerned with the distancing from the moral and the social issues, that the platform might take or veer or careen to the left and so I ran as a delegate from my home state of Louisiana and I ended up being selected as a delegate and selected for the platform committee,” Perkins shared Monday on the Janet Mefferd Show. “I worked on the platform last week [and] in fact inserted the language as it pertains to marriage and some other key issues and we have one of the most conservative platforms that the Republican Party’s ever had, so I’m very encouraged by that.”