The return of Ralph Reed

Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition hosts its first big conference today in Washington, a kind of formal return by the former state GOP chairman to national politicking after a four-year exile.

“This is not your daddy’s Christian Coalition,” Reed promised last year when he began his new group. But in an interview posted by the Christian Broadcasting Network, Reed’s goals appear very similar to the group he helped establish in the 1980s.

The “A” word, by the way, is not mentioned:

Said Reed:

“Now, we do have some challenges. We have churches who believe that they’re not supposed to be political and we would certainly agree with that in the sense of being partisan.

“We don’t think that a pastor or a church or a denomination should necessarily advocate the election or defeat of a particular candidate though we think that’s there right under the First Amendment. We’re not advocating that.

“What we’re advocating is that the churches of America make sure three things happen. Number one — that every single member of that church, every member of their congregation is registered to vote. That’s simply not true today. You’ve got between one out of every four and one out of every two evangelicals either isn’t registered to vote or isn’t voting frequently.

“Secondly, we want them to be educated and informed and equipped on where candidates stand on the issues. And thirdly, we want them to vote and we want them to encourage their friends to vote. That’s really not controversial.

“They should be doing that as effective citizens anyway at all the churches in America, whether their liberal or conservative, should be teaching their members the importance of effective citizenship.”

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41 comments Add your comment

ANGRY AS HELL

September 10th, 2010
10:12 am

Is that “A” word “Abramoff”? I can understand why Ralphy Boy would want to stay as far away from talk about his close ties to Jack Abramoff. Everyone remembers how Ralph (who was smart enough to run the State GOP and create the Georgia Christian Coalition) was somehow “hoodwinked” by a smoothie like Abramoff. Oh, come on now! He can’t have it both ways. Many of us think he’s as crooked as dog’s hind leg, but will wrap himself up in the pages of the Holy Bible.

WE have lost our way

September 10th, 2010
10:20 am

If it is for money,Ralph will do it using the good Lord’s name.

Michael

September 10th, 2010
10:21 am

It escapes me why “Christians” who seek to restrict mosque placement, burn korans and otherwise control government and its laws do not see the parallels to the Taliban. For what it’s worth, the Taliban enforced roles for women, had strict dress codes, blew up historic graven images, punished alcohol and drug use and routinely executed criminals. Just what do the “Christians” not like about the Taliban?

[...] This may not be your “daddy’s Christian Coalition” but Ralph Reed’s new group appears to have very similar goals, according to this item just posted by Political Insider’s Jim Galloway. [...]

Uncle Jessie

September 10th, 2010
10:48 am

Ralphie need to ask Obama why he have a hissy fit bout some preacher at a little church in Florida saying he might burn a koran but aint got no problem wit conficating Bibles from our soldiers in Afghanistan and burning them like trash. Sounds like something saddam hussein done afer he wer hanged.

findog

September 10th, 2010
10:50 am

Evangelicals need to register and vote so Ralph can start humping them politicians and businesses for lobbyist contracts. Wonder what would have been if he was lieutenant governor, instead of old starry eyes, when Deal tried to save his no bid deal up in Gainesville?

Bosch

September 10th, 2010
10:53 am

The Return of Ralph Reed, yeap, just like a bad case of the toe fungus.

Red

September 10th, 2010
10:56 am

Seriously Michael? Do you really need an answer to that? Last I checked, Christians were not chopping of hands and heads and executing infidels. Last I checked they were not leading violent revolutions to impose their views.

And is it just ignorance on your part to just stereotype Christians? You’re the type who is on boards telling the world about how Islam is not violent like the so-called minority fringe out there and not to stereotype them. But yet you come on this forum and stereotype Christians. Odd how the double standards work. As long as we are painting broad stereotypes, your type tells the world to be tolerant but NOT include Christians. Anyone using a topic about Ralph Reed to slam this whole issue on the mosque and Koran burning clearly has issues with tolerance themselves. Irony is your type telling us about freedom of speech and religion as justification for a mosque in NYC but then dropping freedom of religion and speech when talking about a pastor burning the Koran. Irony is also seeing how the left is enamored with Salman Rushdie who did the equivalent with burning the Koran but all up in arms about this. Clearly there is a latent issue with double standards when it comes to Christianity.

Liberal/Conservative

September 10th, 2010
10:58 am

Why won’t Ralphie let the churches simply do what they’re organized to do — to provide a place for the free exercise of religious faith? Answer: Ralphie won’t make any money from the free exercise of religious faith. He must pervert that exercise to yield the monetary results he seeks.

Goobers

September 10th, 2010
11:19 am

My gaydar is on “PINK ALERT” with little Ralphie much more than with Ken Mehlman or Ted Haggard. What is it with these “Christian Repubs”? If they would just be honest about what they are maybe the sad gullible sheeple would cease to be quite so gullible.

Nahhh…

Goobers

September 10th, 2010
11:23 am

Ralphie and Phil Gingrey wouls make a cute couple!

Foxglove

September 10th, 2010
11:26 am

The return of RR, Newt, and a Quayle: the trifecta from hell.

Dirty Dawg

September 10th, 2010
11:39 am

Figures…word is that the K-Street gangs are coming out from under all the rocks and licking their chops at the thought of Republicans getting their hands on the key to the Treasury once again. God when will we, finally, come to grips with the only thing that will save this country, namely, get the damn money out of politics? OK, I know we can’t get it all, but we damn sure can overhaul campaigns to the extent that they will be limited and paid for from public funds…making it illegal for politicians to accept campaign contributions. Sure they can still be bribed, but it’ll be a hellofalot easier to catch their asses at it than it is now when they can ‘launder’ millions in the name of campaign financing and ‘free speech’. Of course, it’ll probably require that the SCOTUS will have to be completely changed to the point that all this ‘free speech/corporations are people’ crap can be done away with. In fact, I think that public financing of campaigns should be the real ‘litmus test’ for anybody being considered for a Supreme Court position. Until we do – get the money out, or at least under control and accounted for, we’re doomed to continue to experience the Ralph Reeds of this sorry world.

By the way Ralph, this time we’re gonna get you for sure and being somebody’s ‘butt-boy’ will have a whole new meaning for you.

Matt D.

September 10th, 2010
11:48 am

I learned all I need to know about muslims on 9/11.

WTF

September 10th, 2010
11:55 am

Ralph Reed – one of the most hypocritical scumbags the Repubs have produced in years. Anyone who would listen to, much less support this piece of garbage gets what they deserve.

clear choice

September 10th, 2010
12:06 pm

Ralph is right. Churches have the right to freedom of speech and can preach politics all they want, as much as their congregations can stand.

They’ll just lose their tax-exempt status.

That's Just Peachy

September 10th, 2010
12:26 pm

@Dirty Dawg-

Not that I don’t understand the sentiment, but getting the money out is not possible. It would be like trying to ban guns, there are 100 Million guns. That cat ATE the bag.

David

September 10th, 2010
12:46 pm

And I have learned all I need to know about Matt D. from reading these blogs today.

kanye4ever

September 10th, 2010
2:08 pm

best fried chkinun is defunatly gladis night and pimps or mystery meat jack shack on buford highway. end of storie. cuz partner i’m outta here and goin cross the skreet and get some now…maybe even aks them for some bizcuits or somefin.

wallace cooper

September 10th, 2010
2:17 pm

I have been in a room with Ralph Reed while he was “instructing” one of his clients, so I know a bit about how he thinks. ‘Snake in the grass’ is the description that comes to mind.

Bill

September 10th, 2010
2:21 pm

Matt D.. I wish I was as smart as you. You can judge and know about billion people from just 19 idiots.

It is like people saying that they have learned everything about Christians from Timothy McVeigh. Ignorance is a beautiful thing.

Gary B.

September 10th, 2010
2:24 pm

He needs to go back to his hole in the ground……I can’t wait until he finally comes out of the closet and announces that he is GAY, now that will be Great !

Red

September 10th, 2010
2:26 pm

Bill – if you think all that were involved on 9/11 were 19, then I’ve learned all I need to know about you. Did you see the response all across the Muslim world after the towers fell? Have you seen the subsequent response? Yeah. We judge just on 19. Right.

cs

September 10th, 2010
2:44 pm

I would piss on ralph reed even if he wasnt on fire and enjoy doing it. Only the complete stupid and hopelessly gullible gives that wolf any credibility.

Real Athens

September 10th, 2010
2:47 pm

Red:

You obviously have a limited grasp of history. People have been killing others or ordering executions in the name of God for centuries.

To use an analogy you might understand: If you see a hornets nest, do you approach it and hit it with a stick to drive them away or leave it alone because you know that when the winter comes it will die off and its inhabitants will move along?

Nobody is stereotyping Christians here anymore than you’re stereotyping Muslims.

Personally, I think it is all BUNK.

Fact is Ralph Reed is a Hypocrite; a proven liar, plagiarist and thief. He is the worst kind of manipulative political opportunist — talk about someone who has never had a job. He has been this way his ENTIRE life. Look at his transgressions at the University of Georgia.

Anyone who would follow this guy anywhere and do anything he says is a complete boob.

Huffy

September 10th, 2010
2:54 pm

Lord save us from the Christian Coalition, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, Ralph Reed, and the Abramoff horse he rode in on and is now running away from.

Joe

September 10th, 2010
2:54 pm

I have two words for describing Ralph Reed, they are “closet queen”.

bart

September 10th, 2010
3:46 pm

God help us!!!

Hernando de Soto

September 10th, 2010
4:03 pm

Jennie W.

September 10th, 2010
4:08 pm

I met Ralph a few years ago in Atlanta and found him to be interesting and magnetic. I have to add that he has dreamy eyes and a cute boyish smile that I was immediately taken with. I think he’s a handsome man and I admit I have somewhat of a crush. I’m glad to see things die down and to know he is getting back into the spotlight is great.

Ricky Martin

September 10th, 2010
4:31 pm

Me too.

He’s a dream boat.

Rational Citizen

September 10th, 2010
4:38 pm

Ralph Reed is a dirtbag. He preys on Christians and manipulates their beliefs for his own personal gain. But I guess that could be said for a majority of Republicans. And Christian pastors.

Jennie W.

September 10th, 2010
4:45 pm

Oh come on R.C.. I think he’s a sweetie.

louanne

September 10th, 2010
5:39 pm

Reed, Deal, Linder…sleazy crooks.

No Longer Republican

September 10th, 2010
6:35 pm

If people are going to listen to and follow what Ralph Reed says, it proves one of two things. Either they have a very short memory or they are just plain stupid.

Tired of BS

September 10th, 2010
11:28 pm

Just had a conversation with some christian folks who worked campaigns this year. We are quite offended how the GRTL deems a person christian enough if you agree with them. By intentinally lying about candidates who may answer their questions honestly and with compassion are dubbed
pro life.

lester maddox

September 11th, 2010
11:09 am

Ralphy boy figures it’s a good time to jump back into politics. With all the ne’re-do-wells and scum bags running in this election cycle he figures to just be one of the boys.

Matt D.

September 11th, 2010
1:50 pm

Bill – September 10th, 2010 – 2:21 pm

“Ignorance is a beautiful thing.”

If you say so, Bill, and you should know. You are apparently blessed with an abundance of it.

Muslims do not love us. You can’t hug them and share a Coke with them hoping they will become your friends. They will not. They are not interested in befriending or converting us: their goal is to destroy us. If you labor under any other assumption you are sadly deluded.

Question Man

September 11th, 2010
2:23 pm

Has any group out there tried to show that Ralph Reed and Kasim Reed are twin brothers, separated at birth?

Mrs. Angry as Hell

September 12th, 2010
1:41 pm

ANGRY AS HELL could care less about Ralph Reed. He is very crooked…and just hates Christians so he tries to take it out on Ralph Reed from behing his computer screen instead of face to face…which he isnt man enough to do.

Mr. Louanne

September 12th, 2010
1:43 pm

Louanne, Roy Barnes, Rosie O Donnell, Ellen Degenerate all crooks.