Evangelicals are afraid. This is one of the major themes of my forthcoming book (June 28) Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump. In fact, the entire Christian Right agenda–the agenda that led evangelicals to help elect Donald Trump–is built on fear.
When evangelicals are afraid of losing power they tend to turn to politics. This, I think, best explains why GOP operative Ralph Reed‘s Faith and Freedom Coalition is spending $20 million to get conservative culture warriors elected in 2018.
Here is a taste of an article at The Hill:
An influential conservative Evangelical group is ramping up its spending on efforts to defend Republican majorities in the November midterms.
The Faith and Freedom Coalition, which invested heavily during the 2016 elections, plans to spend nearly $20 million on a voter turnout effort to protect GOP majorities in the fall.
“We are going to make a bigger effort in 2018 than we did in 2016,” said Ralph Reed, the chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
“We think our people are going to come, but we also think their people are going to come and they are going to come in really big numbers. This is going to be hard fought.”
Reed estimated that the group will make 180 million voter contacts through digital outreach, knocking on people’s doors and making phone calls, sending texts, emails and physical mail.
The current budget for the mobilization effort sits at $18 million, but that’s subject to change as the battlefield expands and contracts in the coming months, Reed told a small group of reporters during a wide-ranging interview at the coalition’s annual “Road to Majority” summit in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
Evangelical leaders have long viewed President Trump and the GOP-led Congress as major allies in their fight to reshape the federal judiciary and pass legislation aimed at protecting religious freedom.
Read the entire piece here.