Friday, June 20, 2014

Let's Be the Most Informed Voters Ever

Remember what I said about looking up stuff about politics? This is an example of why I think that is so important.

I was watching a speech being broadcast from the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference. I figured I better learn something about this group. I started digging. Well let me tell you, it didn't take long to hit dirt.

Look at this trail and ask yourself, "Should I trust the Faith & Freedom Coalition? Should I dig further?"

This is really important stuff, my friends. Let's be the most informed voters ever.

Faith and Freedom Coalition: The organization was founded in 2009 by Christian Coalition founder Ralph E. Reed, Jr., who described it as "a 21st century version of the Christian Coalition".


Ralph E. Reed, Jr.: Role in the Christian Coalition:
Reed was hired by religious broadcaster-cum-Presidential candidate Pat Robertson as executive director of the Christian Coalition in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Reed led the organization from 1989 to 1997. Once Federal prosecutors began investigating charges by the Christian Coalition's chief financial officer, Judy Liebert, Reed resigned from his post, and moved to Georgia.

In 1996, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) brought an enforcement action in United States District Court,[11] alleging Reed and the coalition "violated federal campaign finance laws during congressional elections in 1990, 1992 and 1994, and the presidential election in 1992." The FEC prevailed in this action.,_Jr.#Role_in_the_Christian_Coalition

Pat Robertson: In 1994, in the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide, Robertson solicited donations for his charity organization Operation Blessing International to provide medical supplies to refugees in neighboring Zaire (present-day Congo), where Robertson had allegedly negotiated a diamond-mining contract with Zairian dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. [24]According to two Operation Blessing pilots who reported the incident to the state of Virginia for investigation, rather than delivering relief supplies to refugees, the organization's planes were primarily used to haul diamond-mining equipment to Robertson's mines in Zaire.

The week of September 11, 2001, Robertson discussed the terror attacks with Jerry Falwell, who said that "the ACLU has to take a lot of blame for this" in addition to "the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays, and the lesbians [who have] helped [the terror attacks of September 11th] happen." Robertson replied, "I totally concur."[54] Both evangelists were seriously criticized by President George W. Bush for their commentary,[55] for which Falwell later issued an apology.