By Greg Pierce
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Three Christian organizations have announced "National Christian Voter
Registration Sundays" throughout 2003 and 2004.
The Christian Coalition of America, National Pro-life Religious Council and
Priests for Life will formally announce the initiative at a news conference
today at the National Press Club.
The Sundays designated as "National Christian Voter Registration Sundays" are
June 15, Sept. 7, Nov. 9 and Jan. 18.
"We want to encourage pastors to preach to their congregations the
responsibility every citizen has to register and vote," said Father Frank
Pavone, founding director of Priests for Life. "In the American system of
government, followers of Christ have just as much right to shape public policy
according to their beliefs as does anyone else."
"The Christian Coalition of America prior to the November 2000 elections
distributed a record 70 million voter guides throughout the United States," said
Roberta Combs, president of the Christian Coalition of America, in a prepared
statement. "It is not just a civic responsibility but also a basic Christian
responsibility to register to vote and be informed about issues that candidates
stand for that could ultimately shape our lives."
The groups, in a news release, said the registration drives are nonpartisan and
entirely within the bounds of the law and IRS guidelines under which churches
and tax-exempt religious organizations fall.