Ever since the "Champion the Vote" program launched last year with the goal of registering at least 5 million Christians to vote in the 2012 elections, there have been numerous "get out the vote" types of projects endorsed by religious right, pro-family groups such as the Family Research Council. The goal is to have enough Bible-believing Christians voting to sway the elections in order to promote conservative Christian values such as:
- Right to life.
- Religious freedom.
- Traditional marriage.
- God and government.
- Morality and ethics.
- Prayer in the public arena.
The Christian Coalition of America is taking the effort directly to churches in its "Citizenship Sunday" drive. "If we are to continue to thrive as a political force in this country, if we expect our issues to be addressed in the public arena, then we must be capable to turning out in force when the polls are open. Obviously this is impossible if Christians are not registered to vote," the Coalition states. "Citizenship Sunday is a targeted voter registration effort conducted in churches all across our country. To make it a success, it is vital that your church participate and ensure that all its members are registered to vote."
The Christian Coalition of America was founded by televangelist Pat Robertson in 1989. Its stated mission is to:
- Represent the pro-family point of view before local councils, school boards, state legislatures and Congress.
- Speak out in the public arena and in the media.
- Train leaders for effective social and political action.
- Inform pro-family voters about timely issues and legislation.
- Protest anti-Christian bigotry and defend the rights of people of faith.
In describing the Christian Coalition of America, Public Eye quotes its founder, Pat Robertson:
"The Constitution of the United States, for instance, is a marvelous document for self-government by the Christian people. But the minute you turn the document into the hands of non-Christian people and atheistic people they can use it to destroy the very foundation of our society. And that's what's been happening."