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Christian Coalition

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This article is about the organization presently operating in the United States. For the short-lived New Zealand political party of the same name, see Christian Coalition (New Zealand).


The Christian Coalition of America is a US Christian political advocacy group, which includes Christian fundamentalists, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Roman Catholics and members of mainline Protestant churches; it claims 1,200,000 members. The Christian Coalition was founded by Rev. Pat Robertson, who served as the organization's president for some time. The current president is Roberta Combs.

Its aims are consistant with those of the Christian right. On its website it states that it is:

(An) active conservative grassroots political organization in America. The Christian Coalition of America offers people of faith the vehicle to be actively involved in shaping their government - from the County Courthouse to the halls of Congress[1] (http://www.cc.org/about.cfm).

Brief History

Following a well-funded but failed bid for the U.S. presidency in 1988, Pat Robertson used the remains of his campaign machinery to jump-start the creation of a voter mobilization effort (which claimed to be bipartisan) dubbed the Christian Coalition. Under the leadership of Robertson and Ralph Reed, the Coalition quickly became the loudest voice in the conservative Christian movement, its influence culminating with an effort to support the election of a conservative Christian to the presidency in 1996. However, following Bill Clintonís victory in the election and Reedís departure in 1997, the organization has made only limited progress and has been unable to revive the passion it seemed to evoke in the mid-1990s.

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