Ralph Reed’s back — with a new Coalition

Ralph Reed, during his 2006 race for lieutenant governor. Oscar Sosa/SPECIAL

Ralph Reed, during his 2006 race for lieutenant governor. Oscar Sosa/SPECIAL

Ralph Reed, who 20 years ago made his bones in national politics by building the Christian Coalition into force to be reckoned with, has let it be known that he’s back at it.

Dan Gilgoff, who writes the God & Country blog for U.S. News & World Report, says Reed has formed a new group called the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Reed intends his organization to be broader than the Christian Coalition, which was founded after the failed presidential bid of televangelist Pat Robertson in 1988.

Writes Gilgoff:

“This is not your daddy’s Christian Coalition,” Reed said in an interview Monday. “It’s got to be more brown, more black, more female, and younger. It’s critical that we open the door wide and let them know if they share our values and believe in the principles of faith and marriage and family, they’re welcome.”

“There’s a whole rising generation of young leaders in the faith community, and rather than nab the publicity I did at Christian Coalition, I want to cultivate and train that rising generation,” Reed said. “One question is, who is our future Barack Obama, doing local organizing just like he was in the 1990s?”

Reed has remained active in Republican politics since his 2006 defeat in the GOP primary for lieutenant governor by Casey Cagle, but he’s kept a purposely low profile.

You have to wonder if the decision this spring by Cagle, to forego the governor’s race for back surgery, may have had a liberating effect on Reed.

While Democrats are likely to sneer at Reed’s talk of diversification — the Christian Coalition came to be regarded as a voice of white Protestant evangelicals — the message isn’t new. Even as head of the Coalition, Reed spoke of the demographic isolation that lay ahead for Republicans, and its dangers.

The Christian Coalition itself is only a shell of its once formidable influence. Georgia’s state chapter, run by Sadie Fields, split off to become the Georgia Christian Alliance. The Christian Coalition of Georgia was reformed, under the leadership of Jim Beck.

Here’s Reed’s message for new members, from his web site:

We are a grassroots coalition of people of faith, small businessmen and women, and like-minded citizens dedicated to promoting sound public policy at every level of government. We are advocating time-honored values, protecting the dignity of life and marriage, reducing taxes, and insuring fiscal responsibility in Washington.

If you don’t speak up now, someone else will….

The former state GOP chairman and Bush strategist will act as chairman of the new group, which he hopes to spread via bricks-and-mortar chapters, and through social networking. It’s to be run out of Reed’s Century Strategies headquarters in Duluth.

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52 comments Add your comment

simple

June 23rd, 2009
2:25 pm

In other words… “gays are evil…” Way to go Reed. You are still stuck in 1958 no matter how you try to spin it…

DannyX

June 23rd, 2009
2:40 pm

Right on Ralph! “It’s critical that we open the door wide and let them know if they share our values and believe in the principles of faith and marriage and family, they’re welcome.”

Its about time one of the religious nuts took on divorce! Jesus hates divorce its in the Bible. Sure Reed will be mocked by other Christians for upholding the word of Jesus, after all 55% of Christian marriages end in divorce. Think of the children.

Divorce is a CHOICE! God created Adam and Eve….NOT….Adam and Eve, then Cindy!

Divorce will one day lead to human + animal marriage.

Bless you Ralph!

gadem

June 23rd, 2009
2:52 pm

Being an African American man that is a Christian and fed up with the Democratic Party and the things let they let slide, I am truly intrigued by this…is there a website to get more information?

The Snark

June 23rd, 2009
2:56 pm

Ralph really missed his true calling. He should have gone into soft drink marketing.

Debbie

June 23rd, 2009
3:21 pm

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AMB

June 23rd, 2009
3:32 pm

You know what they say about suckers…there’s one born again every minute.

Bobby

June 23rd, 2009
3:35 pm

Ralph Reed proves bigotry and hate in the name of Jesus is alive and well.

Copyleft

June 23rd, 2009
3:44 pm

Glad to hear that Ralph Reed is finally speaking out on the importance of separating church and state.

After all, that’s the only way his group could honestly be called “Faith AND Freedom,” right? Instead of “Faith Against Freedom”….

spartacus

June 23rd, 2009
3:49 pm

Last time I checked, Jesus was not a registerd republican or democrat and does not care about the size of government. Reed is no different from Creflo Dollar and Joel Olsteen. You are right AMB, there is a sucker born every minute.

CJKatl

June 23rd, 2009
4:20 pm

Cool. If we’re bringing back relics from the eighties/nineties, why not acid washed jeans and Debbie Gibson songs, too!

Last I checked, Ralph Reed and his brand of politics was trounced both in Georgia when he made his laughable attempt to get elected and the nation at large when they voted for Obama.

CJKatl

June 23rd, 2009
4:22 pm

Now that Abramoff iis in jail and the Indian Casino money won’t freely flow to Reed, how will he pay for his new venture?

HeyJude

June 23rd, 2009
4:35 pm

Unbelievable, a new and improved Christian Coalition, NOT! Ralph Reed go away! We were smart enough to keep you out of elected office in Georgia!

CJKatl

June 23rd, 2009
4:40 pm

BTW, Hysterical that RR is saying “This is not your daddy’s …”

If you’re going to rip off someone’s slogan, maybe ripping off Oldmobile’s slogan ain’t the way to go. It didn’t work for the GM division, did it?

What’s next? “Up, Up and Away” or calling his group “The New Coke” of religious/political groups? (For those not old enough, the first was a TWA slogan.)

One more thing – I would hope that as the economy is crashing down around us, we’re involved in two wars on the other side of the earth, healthcare costs are climbing past unaffordable, people have more important things to try to get done politically than the things RR advocates. C’mon. Who cares if someone goes behind closed doors and does something that will have no impact on the person’s life?

The RR crowd has always baffled me. They are afraid that legalizing gay marriage will make people choose to be gay, which means that in their minds, the only thing keeping them from going gay is the fact it’s illegal. Most real straight people I know would choose heterosexuality whether homosexuality were legal or not. Do the people who adamantly demand gay marriage remain illegal realize that anyone who thinks about it knows their secret? The only way you can think that “if but for the law” people would go gay would be for the only thing keeping you from going gay is the law. In other words, we know whose pants those people’s true feelings lie.

Tomhere

June 23rd, 2009
4:51 pm

Flush, and flush, and flush, this one just won’t go down!

Dinty Moore

June 23rd, 2009
5:27 pm

Good God…Ralph Reed again?! This man defines evil; a hypocrit who thinks everyone has forgotten his bigotry and religious racism of the past. If I ran the city of Duluth, I would revoke his business license on the grounds of it being lewd and lacivious. I’m sure his local KKK chapter is proud of their chapter leader!!!!

Michael

June 23rd, 2009
5:56 pm

DannyX is living proof of the result of human + animal marriage.

Reaganite

June 23rd, 2009
6:00 pm

“Last I checked, Ralph Reed and his brand of politics was trounced both in Georgia when he made his laughable attempt to get elected and the nation at large when they voted for Obama.”

Hmm, Just how big did the anti gay marriage ammendment win here in Georgia? How may states now have that type of ammendment and how big did they win by? Even blue states like California and Oregon passed them…

I oppose gay marriage because it is detrimental to society and morals. Homosexuality is wrong and against God and nature. It is a choice you make. Gays are trying to change society so they will feel normal and we have a right to try to stop that.

Reaganite

June 23rd, 2009
6:02 pm

Gays are bigoted against normal marriage and a normal lifestyle…

cjD

June 23rd, 2009
6:07 pm

Hey CJK,

You just contradicted yourself: Gay marriage ISN’T behind closed doors, it’s in our faces!! If you would KEEP your relationship behind closed doors, we would not even be having this discussion now, would we?

Dinty Moore: I amazed at all of the “hate speech” and intolerance towards Ralph. Revoke his license because of Lewdness and lasciviousness? Really!

cjD

June 23rd, 2009
6:09 pm

Like it or not, you Obama-is-the-messiah-ites, Huckabee, Ralph Reed and ten more like him will be in the political arena come 2012.

Reaganite

June 23rd, 2009
6:10 pm

Gays are the most intolerant and bigoted group out there. Their in your face activism turns off people and they wonder why they have not advanced their cause futher than it has….

cjD

June 23rd, 2009
6:18 pm

the activist gays want to influence/corrupt your children, force their views on your pastor and church, and persecute anyone who deosn’t agree with them. I would say that’s pretty bigoted.

Trudy

June 23rd, 2009
6:22 pm

GOP = Hypocrisy

Copyleft

June 23rd, 2009
6:48 pm

CJD: Ralph and those like him will be the Republican candidates in 2012? Fantastic! We’ll win by an even bigger margin…..

Tim

June 23rd, 2009
6:50 pm

Dannyx absolutely correct. The biggest threat to marriage is divorce. Why do half of heterosexuals choose to divorce? Children suffer at the hands of straight people getting divorced. If you religious zealots would believe in Darwin and that homosexuality is NOT a choice, you would understand that letting us gay folks marry would eventually filter us out of the population.

Tim

June 23rd, 2009
6:52 pm

Reaganite, please explain specifically how gay marriage is detrimental to society? How does it physically impact your sham of a marriage?

Reaganite

June 23rd, 2009
7:19 pm

Homosexuality is a choice. There are genes that determine sex, eye color, hair color, race. Tell me, where is the gene that determines sexual orientation? I would love to see that study…

Marriage is between a man and woman as the Bible dictates and has been that way for centuries. It should not change. The Bible condemns sodomy..

Copyleft, I would advise you check the poll numbers. Your messiah is falling fast and he promised to do so much for the LGBT community. Too bad, he has not really done a thing. The reason is because his poll numbers would fall even lower if he supported gay marriage…

Yosemite Sam

June 23rd, 2009
7:40 pm

Reed will do anything for a buck and a vote.

CJKatl

June 23rd, 2009
7:58 pm

Reaganite – Your argument is silly. You cannot argue that homosexual marriage should be outlawed because it’s against God in a country that has separation of church and state as an underlying principle and expect to be taken seriously!

Those who oppose same-sex marriage will be looked at in the future like we look at those who opposed segregation based on race. Sam Nunn will be remembered as a bigot, much like George Wallace. Younger people just don’t see any problem with same-sex marriage. Those states that have allowed it have had none of the ills that the bigots claim will happen. Oppose gay marriage all you want. Your grandchildren will be embarrassed. They will constantly have to apologize for what an idiot grandpa was, much like we all wince when someone of a past generation says something racist.

Same sex marriage isn’t detrimental to society. People who want to impose their religious beliefs on everyone is detrimental, though. Why people like Reaganite want pretty much the same thing that the ruling party in Iran wants – religious theocracy – is beyond me. But if the young people of Iran could come here and live free, and the religious nuts here could go there and live under religious control like they want, everyone would seemingly be happier.

CJKatl

June 23rd, 2009
8:09 pm

I just realized Reaganite and cjD are just trying to get our goat. Nobody could be that ignorant. I feel foolish for replying to either of these wacky posters.

Base

June 23rd, 2009
8:42 pm

Crazy Ralph can’t give it up even though his failure as a lt.gov.candidate tells the story.Nobody cares a what Crazy Ralph thinks.

Reaganite

June 23rd, 2009
8:42 pm

The big differnce is that you can not help what race you are born. Homosexuality is a choice, you are not born that way.

What on earth make you think I am man?

APA revises ‘gay gene’ theory (not likely that homosexuals are born that way)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2251114/posts

Reaganite

June 23rd, 2009
8:44 pm

“Same sex marriage isn’t detrimental to society. People who want to impose their religious beliefs on everyone is detrimental, though.”

You mean like gays are trying to impose their beliefs on everyone and society?

Marriage has been defined as being between and man and woman for centuries. It is the gay activist trying to change things and impose their will by virtue of the court system..

Keith

June 23rd, 2009
8:47 pm

If homosexuality is a choice then it can reasonably be argued that it’s a sin. If homosexuals are born that way then it’s a birth defect. It’s that simple.

Reaganite

June 23rd, 2009
8:47 pm

BTW, the majority of young people I know DO have an issue with gay marriage.

Reaganite

June 23rd, 2009
8:48 pm

BINGO Keith…

herbK

June 23rd, 2009
11:49 pm

Alright! Ralph Reed, the lying, phony, son of satan has returned! More fodder for the aim of our weapons. Ralph, you’re still a lying, hypocritical POS. Welcome back, Beelzebub!

Reaganite

June 24th, 2009
5:42 am

It does my heart good to see so many of you intolerant gay activists attacking Reed like that. Let’s me know that Reed is a good man and great warrior… Keep up the good work and you may be able to marry in Georgia when hell freezes over…

dmac

June 24th, 2009
6:26 am

I’m so encouraged that so many people see through Ralph Greed’s latest master plan to line his pockets.

Will Jones - Atlanta

June 24th, 2009
6:43 am

Of Reed, Georgians need only recall his profound, Satanic hypocrisy enriching himself amidst Abramoff’s felonious criminality. We should all be ashamed that he was born here for he is a traitor to every good and righteous Georgian.

Hoping to garner the votes Wm T. Sherman might once have received, his “Christian Coalition’s” published strategy was to “mainstream” Roman Catholics in a new alliance with those who historically took issue, whether as “Yellow Dog Democrats,” or the Union/Confederacy “split:” Southern Protestants and Baptists.

In complete opposition to Our Creed’s “E Pluribus Unum” – having the willingness to “see” G-d in the faces of fellow Americans of other national origins, building on Nixon’s “southern strategy,” Reed’s organization furthered his sectarian faction by not much more subtlety than one of their “princes,” George Allen, employed by making the “N-word” fifteen percent of his working vocabulary to rope in a nucleus of like-minded racists.

In doing so Reed became an insidious, Georgia-born agent of the Roman Anti-Christ, bearing ultimately its “fruit:” a draft-dodging closet-queen cheated into the White House by only the Roman Catholics’ votes on the Supreme Court after laughably (and treasonous to Our Creed) claiming that “Jesus was [his] favorite political philosopher.”

Reed is no Georgian and no Christian.. His anti-American pursuits have made him rich at Babylon’s table but the food he offers is poison.

Once a cherished ally of Rome’s pedophile priesthood, Reed now wants to make political fodder of the victims of that same priesthood of Babylon: those molested Americans who merely wish to find peace and happiness with others with similar stories to tell and traumas to overcome.

With Larry Craig, Mark Foley, Ted Haggard and George Bush to recommend him, Reed’s absence as a father in pursuit of Mammon with Pat Robertson was often noted in his own interviews.

He is no man. One wonders how his children turned out with such a towering hypocrite as a “father.” I don’t want him anywhere near my children for he is a transparent perverter of all that is good, and of G-d.

Debbie

June 24th, 2009
7:23 am

Will, you need to cut back on the drugs…

herbK

June 24th, 2009
7:50 am

Debbie, if it weren’t for the drugs, Will would be nothing but a puddle of pee. The drugs keep him going.
Hey Will, its GOD, not G-d, dammit.

Curly Girly-man

June 24th, 2009
8:24 am

Ralphie is a silly little poof. But we GOPers love him.

justthefacts

June 24th, 2009
12:00 pm

What do reducing taxes have to do with the values he espouses? Collecting taxes and spending them on the common good is what makes us a civilized nation. And those values? where would families be without clean water, clean air, emergency services, public education, services for the infirm, investment in health and research? Families/children more than anyone benefit. I can’t imagine Jesus would support any of the slashing that’s going on or the reduction in taxes of the wealthy that’s been happening, if anything it would be more aligned for Jesus to advocate for fairness, which esp in GA we do not have. And to call Raphie is silly is to completely underestimate the damage he has caused this country.

confedrated GOP is a southern party only

June 24th, 2009
2:27 pm

you have to belive in the women’s, blacks , browns issues. and the today’s GOP is to right wing no color and way to southern right wing nuts. I do wish there were two party women and people of color could do business with.
But not today ,they are way to far right which is wrong for the mass of women Blacks and browns and Asian. just do the math going foward it don’t add up for the GOP. But they know what they need to do but they must change but will die before change they need a heart transplant change or die!!!! but you already know this!!

Rev. Debra Haffner

June 24th, 2009
4:09 pm

Now, Mr. Reed, I believe in faith and marriage and family; in fact, I have faith, a marriage, and a family. I also believe as your web site says in the “dignity of life and marriage.”

So, why do I think that you weren’t thinking of people like me when you created this new version of your previous organization? Our faith teaches that God created all of us and that sexual and gender diversity is part of God’s blessing. We believe that marriage should be available to all committed loving adult couples. We believe in women’s moral agency. We believe that all families have value and deserve respect and support.

We think those ARE “time honored values.” And we’re not going to let you claim that you speak for all people of faith or that you get to narrowly define faith, marriage, or family.

Rev. Debra Haffner
http://debrahaffner.blogspot.com

herbK

June 24th, 2009
5:33 pm

rev debbie, here’s the issue: Women can’t be rev’s, number one. Number two, everyone hates ralph. So the issue is solved, correctomumbo?

Gentleman Jim

June 24th, 2009
5:59 pm

DannyX, that was the best retort to “Adam and Steve” I have ever read! I will be stealing that comment! Reaganite, I hope you don’t eat shrimp and catfish ’cause God hates that too!

Dr. Howard M. Pardue

June 30th, 2009
12:44 am

Ralph Reed will make a major comeback. We are all human and have our fralities. Why are people so cruel and unforgiving. I have joined the “Faith and Freedom Coalition” because I believe in Ralph Reed and the potential he illustrates to the making of a better America. His past associations pales in comparision to Obama’s Chicago base of far to the left liberals/socialists/terrorists. We shall return..watch! Join and get on the right side of the issues..