January 17, 2005


Pro-Family Organizations Multiply Effectiveness in Cooperative Effort: Wildmon's Leadership Brings Together Major Pro-Family Groups (Rusty Benson,
January 17, 2005, AgapePress)

Like popular TV forensic investigators combing a crime scene for crucial evidence, political observers continue to autopsy the recent national elections for clues to explain the outcome. However, most -- if not all -- will overlook the fingerprints of a new alliance of conservative organizations calling itself the Arlington Group.

"Same-sex marriage would not have been such a large issue if the Arlington Group had not existed," says Dr. Don Wildmon, founder and chairman of American Family Association, and primary organizer of the new alliance. "It might have been a minor issue, but there would have been no coordination of efforts. It certainly would not have taken hold like it did, and we would not have gotten 12 new state constitutional amendments protecting traditional marriage."

Under Wildmon's urging, the coalition first came together in the fall of 2002. Leaders from ten pro-family religious organizations met in Arlington, Virginia, to discuss how they might join forces to resist the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Soon the alliance quickly grew to over 50 official members including Dr. James Dobson (Focus on the Family), Gary Bauer (American Values), Dr. D. James Kennedy (Coral Ridge Ministries), Charles Colson (Prison Fellowship), Tony Perkins (Family Research Council), Bill Bennett (Empower America), Dr. Franklin Graham (Samaritan's Purse), and many others.

"For the first time, virtually all of the social issues groups are singing off the same sheet of music," said long-time conservative activist Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.

"This has never happened before. From the beginning of the pro-life movement through the development of the pro-family movement, everybody did their own thing. But working together we have helped to reelect the President and added a number of conservative senators."

A unified effort would seem to be common sense, but such an alliance has never come together in the past. "The moral decline of the country had become so precipitant," Weyrich explained, "that many of us sensed that we were about to hang it up as a country."

The possibility of same-sex marriage spreading across the country was the most important indicator of that decline and the primary reason that the formation of the coalition has been successful, he said.

The good folk of the Bay State just never tire of giving the GOP gifts.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2005 8:15 PM
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