Ralph Reed mobilizing evangelicals in Ohio
October 29th, 2012
11:01 AM ET

Ralph Reed mobilizing evangelicals in Ohio

By Peter Hamby, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Conservative Christian activist Ralph Reed is marshalling his forces in Ohio as the battleground state takes center stage in final week of the presidential race.

The Faith and Freedom Coalition, the Atlanta-based organization Reed launched in 2009 to mobilize voters of faith around the country, is placing more than one million voter guides in 5,300 Ohio churches and plans to complete the effort on the final Sunday before Election Day.

Dropping literature in churches is just one element of a robust closing drive in Ohio to raise evangelical and Catholic awareness of the “cultural issues” at stake in the campaign, Reed told CNN in a phone interview.

“It’s a major push,” Reed said of the Ohio effort. “We’re all in.”

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 2012 Election • Politics

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  1. lamb of dog

    The church has sold out to the gop.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • sam stone

      vice versa

      October 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  2. Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    Praise, Ellah, Ellohim, Allah, Truth absolute, sustain er of the world, There is no other la.truth but LA, truth absolute, LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD, and Spirit of truth is "HIS" messenger.
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    October 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  3. Mormonism is Dangerous

    I might not say anything about this if I didn't think that both Mitt and Paul were not going to bring their religion into their public service for the U.S.'s highest office. That's a pretty frightening prospect, especially considering how unfounded and bizarre Mormonism is. Paul Ryan has even stated that he doesn't think he can separate his religion from his public service.

    In 1996, the Smithsonian Institute issued a statement addressing claims made in the Book of Mormon, stating that the text is primarily a religious text and that archeologists affiliated with the institute found "no direct connection between the archeology of the New World and the subject matter of the book". The statement further describes that there is genetic evidence that the Native American Indians are closely related to peoples of Asia, and that archeological evidence indicates that the Native Americans migrated from Asia over a land bridge over the Bering Strait in prehistoric times. The statement said that there was no credible evidence of contact between Ancient Egyptian or Hebrew peoples and the New World, as indicated by the text of the Book of Mormon. The statement was issued in response to reports that the name of the Smithsonian Institute was being improperly used to lend credibility to the claims of those looking to support the events of the Book of Mormon.

    The National Geographic Society, in a 1988 letter to the Institute for Religious Research, stated "Archaeologists and other scholars have long probed the hemisphere's past and the society does not know of anything found so far that has substantiated the Book of Mormon."

    Of course there are other basic beliefs of Mormonism that have only faith as their foundation.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Ordinary Average American

      We're not voting for a theocracy.
      We are voting for the best candidate that will be the best president. That best candidate is Romney.
      The Liberals have spent the last 70 years telling us that religion and politics don't mix, but they sure do like mixing it in this election.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
  4. Rummy Pirate Times-Dispatch (In Greed We Trust)

    Marc Wolpow, a former Bain partner who worked with Romney on many deals, said the discussion at buyout companies typically does not focus on whether jobs will be created. “It’s the opposite—what jobs we can cut,” Wolpow said. “Because you had to document how you were going to create value. Eliminating redundancy, or the elimination of people, is a very valid way."

    October 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • Ordinary Average American

      Bain has been discussed many times.
      Romney does not work at Bain anymore.
      When he did, Bain created many businesses that employed many people.
      -And he made money for investors, which includes EVERYONE who is saving for retirement with a 401K and anyone who has retired with a 401K. Investors are not just Monopoly Game pieces. Investors are Charities. Investors are College Scholarship funds. Investing affects almost everyone in one way or another.
      Successful companies grow, make money for everyone, and create employment for people taking care of their families.
      Bain did a great deal of good for all kinds of people.
      Did some people lose jobs? If you owned your own little company, you would make it as efficient as possible.
      Only people spending other people's money do not care about good money management.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
  5. Rummy Pirate Times-Dispatch (In Greed We Trust)

    For 15 years, Romney had been in the business of creative destruction and wealth creation. But what about his claims of job creation? Though Bain Capital surely helped expand some companies that had created jobs, the layoffs and closures at other firms would lead Romney’s political opponents to say that he had amassed a fortune in part by putting people out of work. The lucrative deals that made Romney wealthy could exact a cost. Maximizing financial return to investors could mean slashing jobs, closing plants, and moving production overseas. It could also mean clashing with union workers, serving on the board of a company that ran afoul of federal laws, and loading up already struggling companies with debt.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  6. Rummy Pirate Times-Dispatch (In Greed We Trust)

    In 1994, Bain invested $27 million as part of a deal with other firms to acquire Dade International, a medical-diagnostics-equipment firm, from its parent company, Baxter International. Bain ultimately made nearly 10 times its money, getting back $230 million. But Dade wound up laying off more than 1,600 people and filed for bankruptcy protection in 2002, amid crushing debt and rising interest rates. The company, with Bain in charge, had borrowed heavily to do acquisitions, accumulating $1.6 billion in debt by 2000. The company cut benefits for some workers at the acquired firms and laid off others. When it merged with Behring Diagnostics, a German company, Dade shut down three U.S. plants. At the same time, Dade paid out $421 million to Bain Capital’s investors and investing partners.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  7. Rummy Pirate Times-Dispatch (In Greed We Trust)

    Southern Illinois:

    Controlling share owner Bain Capital closes BRP plant so the 340 jobs there could be outsourced to Mexico.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  8. Rummy Pirate Times-Dispatch (In Greed We Trust)

    Bain closed GST Steel plant in 2001 laying off 750 workers.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  9. Rummy Pirate Times-Dispatch (In Greed We Trust)


    October 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  10. Sane Person

    When religion ruled the world, christians were slaughtering people by the thousands and science was at a stand-still.
    When religion ruled this country, christians were burning people alive for practicing witch craft.
    While religion rules in muslim countries, they are the most violent countries in the world.

    When religion rules, nothing good can come of it. It was only 300 years ago that christians were burning people alive for witch-craft. Do NOT let us get to that point again. Keep America secular.

    October 30, 2012 at 8:44 am |
  11. Reality

    And now a prayer for the misguided Mr. Reed:

    The Apostles' Creed 2012 (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
    ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    (References used are available upon request.)

    October 30, 2012 at 8:24 am |
  12. paulbip

    Old Ralph must have another casino scam for the people of Ohio.

    October 30, 2012 at 5:53 am |
  13. Argle Bargle

    Ralph Reed is a pathetic loser who's trying to get back in the good graces of the religious wrong.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:19 am |
  14. David Yost


    Keep you bias out of your reporting.
    You are one of the worst.
    You are are a disgrace to the profession of journalism.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:19 am |
  15. redzoa

    It's amazing that Reed has any credibility among evangelicals given his peddling of the Christian Coalition as a tool in service of Jack Abramoff. Whenever religion and politics mix, both come away soiled.

    October 29, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
  16. Tim

    Keep up the good work Hamby! Just the entire world judging your future as a journalist...Keep tweeting pal – I hear they are hiring at McDonald's...

    October 29, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
  17. Evangelical

    Romney/Ryan 2012!

    October 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Argle Bargle

      Evangelical: a person who cannot think for themselves and lets someone else, usually a paid religious toady, tell them how to live their life in every way, including how to vote.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:21 am |
    • sam stone

      Evangelical.....still trying to bring jeebus into our government? Maybe he will be wearing magic undies...

      October 30, 2012 at 8:49 am |
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      October 30, 2012 at 10:19 am |
  18. Colin

    A few questions should help shed light on the relationship between evangelicals and rational thought.

    Q1. The completely absurd theory that all 7,000,000,000 human beings are simultaneously being supervised 24 hours a day, every day of their lives by an immortal, invisible being for the purposes of reward or punishment in the “afterlife” comes from the field of:

    (a) Children’s fairytales;

    (b) Medieval mythology;

    (c) New age pseudo science; or

    (d) Christianity

    Q.2 I honestly believe that, when I think silent thoughts like, “please god, help me pass my exam tomorrow,” some invisible being is reading my mind and will intervene and alter what would otherwise be the course of history in small ways to help me. I am

    (a) a delusional schizophrenic;

    (b) a naïve child, too young to know that that is silly

    (c) an ignorant farmer from Sudan who never had the benefit of even a fifth grade education; or

    (d) your average Christian

    Q3. Millions and millions of Catholics believe that bread and wine turns into the actual flesh and blood of a dead Jew from 2,000 years ago because:

    (a) there are obvious visible changes in the condiments after the Catholic priest does his hocus pocus;

    (b) tests have confirmed a divine presence in the bread and wine;

    (c) now and then their god shows up and confirms this story; or

    (d) their religious convictions tell them to blindly accept this completely fvcking absurd nonsense.

    Q.4 I believe that an all powerful being, capable of creating the entire cosmos watches me have $ex to make sure I don't do anything "naughty". I am

    (a) A victim of child molestation

    (b) A r.ape victim trying to recover

    (c) A mental patient with paranoid delusions

    (d) A Christian

    Q.5 You are about 70% likely to believe the entire Universe began less than 10,000 years ago with only one man, one woman and a talking snake if you are a:

    (a) historian;

    (b) geologist;

    (c) NASA astronomer; or

    (d) Christian

    Q.6 I have convinced myself that gay $ex is a choice and not genetic, but then have no explanation as to why only gay people have ho.mo$exual urges. I am

    (a) A failed psychologist

    (b) A fraudulent geneticist

    (c) A sociologist who never went to college; or

    (d) A Christian with the remarkable ability to ignore inconvenient facts.

    Q.7 The only discipline known to often cause people to kill others they have never met and/or to commit suicide in its furtherance is:

    (a) Architecture;

    (b) Philosophy;

    (c) Archeology; or

    (d) Religion

    Q8. What is it that most differentiates science and all other intellectual disciplines from religion:

    (a) Religion tells people not only what they should believe, but what they must believe under threat of divine retribution, whereas science, economics, medicine etc. has no “sacred cows” in terms of doctrine and go where the evidence leads them;

    (b) Religion can make a statement, such as “there is one god comprised of God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit”, and be totally immune from experimentation and challenge, whereas science can only make factual assertions when supported by considerable evidence;

    (c) Science and the scientific method is universal and consistent all over the World whereas religion is regional and a person’s religious conviction, no matter how deeply held, is clearly nothing more than an accident of birth; or

    (d) All of the above.

    Q.9 If I am found wandering the streets flagellating myself, wading into a filth river, mutilating my child’s genitals or kneeling down in a church believing that a being is somehow reading my inner thoughts and prayers, I am likely driven by:

    (a) a deep psychiatric issue;

    (b) an irrational fear or phobia;

    (c) a severe mental degeneration caused by years of drug abuse; or

    (d) my religious belief.

    Q.10 If I am worried that my children, who I love very much, will not believe something I tell them, such as "smoking is bad for you," I should:

    (a) have our family doctor explain to them the various ill effects of smoking.

    (b) show them a film produced by the National Inst.itute for Health on the topic.

    (c) set a good example for them by not smoking; or

    (d) refuse to give them any evidence of the ill effects of smoking, insist they rely on faith and then take them out into the backyard and burn them to death if I ever catch them smoking.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • Argle Bargle


      October 30, 2012 at 4:16 am |
  19. Evangelical

    While what Reed is doing is commendable, it's the churches that need to mobilize people to get out to vote. My church is going to be picking people up and taking them to vote all day on November 6th. We already have taken some people to vote early. Action is needed from the churches.

    Vote Romney/Ryan 2012!

    October 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • saggyroy

      "Action is needed by the churches" – yeah like paying taxes if they keep this up.

      October 30, 2012 at 6:26 am |
  20. mama k


    During his presidency, James Madison vetoed two bills that he believed would violate the separation of church and state. He also came to oppose the long-established practice of employing chaplains at public expense in the House of Representatives and Senate on the grounds that it violated the separation of church and state and the principles of religious freedom**. Starting from their anger over feuding Christian sects in their home state, until the end of their lives, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were fervent promoters of the separation of church and state.

    Who is James Madison? He was the 4th President of the United States and the chief architect of the U.S. Constitution.

    ** Library of Congress – James Madison Papers – Detached memorandum, ca. 1823.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
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