Stella Lohmann
Can Ralph Reed do it again?
Is Faith & Freedom Coalition a 21st century Christian Coalition?
By Stella Lohmann
August 23, 2009

"The young man who at 33 graced TIME's cover in 1995 as "The Right Hand of God" might appear there again, perhaps a decade from now, taking the oath of office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol." —,9171,1218060,00.html

That was Time Magazine's view of author and political consultant, Ralph Reed known for establishing and growing the Christian Coalition to numbers that shocked liberals and made grassroot' (efforts) a household word. His mobilizing of newcomers into the elections process resulted in a majority Congress and eventually a win in the White House for George W. Bush. Like him or not, agree with him or not — Reed is still a force within national politics not to be ignored.

Not even losing a bid for Lt. Governor in his home state of Georgia has stopped the Reed machine from being a news-talk-staple on all the networks. They just can't get enough of him anytime they're in need of a conservative or Christian perspective. Now he's giving the liberal media even more fuel by turning up the dialogue with his Faith & Freedom Coalition — its mission to create synergy and results by mobilizing a 21st century virtual grassroots army.

So who better to help rally the conservative base than his close friend Fox News talk show host, Sean Hannity, in Atlanta for the last of his Freedom Concert series this year. The two were joined with significant star power (Lt. Col. Oliver North of War Stories on Fox News, and Hollywood actor, John Voight) and cheers at a FFC Rally prior to Hannity's event down the road in Gwinnett County in the northern metro.

Voight said, "You inspire me being here!"

The likes of a Hollywood type are rare as such events but Voight has become more vocal because he says he loves America and doesn't want to see it torn apart. That pretty much summed up the sentiment by all the guest speakers including Reed himself inviting those in attendance to a FFC training session immediately following the rally.

"We believe that the greatness of America lies not in the federal government but in the character of our people — the simple virtues of faith, hard work, marriage, family, personal responsibility, and helping the least among us. If we lose sight of these values, America will cease to be great." — R. Reed

FFC Principles:

  • Respect for the sanctity and dignity of life, family, and marriage as the foundations of a free society

  • Limited government, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility to unleash the creative energy of entrepreneurs

  • Education reform that puts children first

  • Help the poor, the needy, and those who have been left behind

  • Free markets and free minds to create opportunity for all

  • Victory in the struggle with terrorism and tyranny while supporting our democratic allies, including Israel

FFC Goals:

  • Mobilize and train people of faith to be effective citizens

  • Speak out in the public arena and in the media on behalf of common-sense values

  • Influence legislation and enact sound public policy at every level of government

  • Train citizens for effective civic action

  • Protest bigotry and discrimination against people of faith

If the growing numbers at town halls and rallies is any indicator, Reed just may have a big enough net to do his magic once again on the road to 2010 and 2012.

© Stella Lohmann


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