Nov 082012

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Dear Friends:

As we consider the results of this week’s election, our priorities as social conservatives remain unchanged.

We need to reconsider how we communicate our message, and demonstrate more persuasively that our ideas are both practical and compassionate, that they strengthen families more effectively than the policies of the Left. We need the intellectual rigor and moral courage necessary to engage our fellow citizens in ways they find convincing, clear, and compelling. Talking among ourselves and continually re-enforcing mutually-held ideas is insufficient in an era of profound philosophical, political, and demographic division.

But our message itself should remain unchanged, and is summarized well in these words from the Manhattan Declaration:

While the whole scope of Christian moral concern, including a special concern for the poor and vulnerable, claims our attention, we are especially troubled that in our nation today the lives of the unborn, the disabled, and the elderly are severely threatened; that the institution of marriage, already buffeted by promiscuity, infidelity and divorce, is in jeopardy of being redefined to accommodate fashionable ideologies; that freedom of religion and the rights of conscience are gravely jeopardized by those who would use the instruments of coercion to compel persons of faith to compromise their deepest convictions.

May we, by God’s grace, never depart from or equivocate about these bedrock beliefs. We owe our fellow image-bearers of God, and our Creator Himself, no less.


Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. Watch FRC President Action Tony Perkins and a panel of experts discuss the meaning of Tuesday’s elections here.

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