Top US Christian Right Groups

(quotations indicate info. directly from org’s website)

  • Advocates International – “A worldwide fellowship of advocates bearing witness of Jesus Christ through the legal profession”.
  • Alliance Defense Fund – “ADF is a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, recipe training, this site funding, price and direct litigation. We defend Our First Liberty – religious freedom – by empowering our allies, recognizing that together we can accomplish far more than we can alone.”
  • American Family Association -  a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes conservative Christian values, such as opposition to same-sex marriage, pornography, and abortion, as well as other public policy goals such as deregulation of the oil industry and lobbying against the Employee Free Choice Act. It was founded in 1977 by Rev. Donald Wildmon as the National Federation for Decency and is headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi. The AFA defines itself as “a Christian organization promoting the biblical ethic of decency in American society with primary emphasis on TV and other media”. It engages in activism efforts, including boycotts, buycotts, action alert emails, publications on the AFA’s web sites or in the AFA Journal, broadcasts on American Family Radio, and lobbying.The organization has an annual budget of US$14 million and owns 180 American Family Radio stations in 28 states. AFA has been criticized by civil rights organizations and other entities for what have been described as controversial stances, in particular the “propagation of known falsehoods” and “demonizing propaganda” about homosexuality, which in November 2010 led to its being named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
  • Americans United for Life – “Founded in 1971 as the first national pro-life organization in the United States, Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law”.
  • The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ)a conservative Christian, pro-life group that was founded in 1990 by evangelical Pat Robertson. It was conceived as a counterweight to the American Civil Liberties Union, an organization which Robertson maintains is “hostile to traditional American values.” It has attracted much media attention for its lawsuits, such as its campaign to oppose changes to the constitution of Kenya that would permit abortion and Islamic law, and its attempts to block the construction of an Islamic cultural center near the former site of the World Trade Center.
  • The Bible Literacy Project - “Legislation should provide state funding to assist local school districts that choose to offer academic courses on the Bible, and ensure that these courses can be credited toward graduation.”
  • Champion the Vote – “We believe that if Christian voters will make their voices heard on Election Day, we can bring about positive change in America. Our nation was founded on Biblical principles, but God has been expunged from our culture, and as a consequence, our nation is in an ethical and moral mess. Champion the Vote is part of a nationwide grassroots movement to bring God back to the center of American life. Our goal is the rebirth of a commitment to seek His truth and to live by His principles in our personal and public lives”.
  • Character Health – “We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home, 2) the church, and 3) the state.  Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word.  God has given each institution specific biblical responsibilities and a balance of those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other.  The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God”.
  • Child Evangelism Fellowship –  ”a Bible-centered, worldwide organization that is dedicated to seeing every child reached with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, discipled and established in a local church. CEF has many different ministries for children, but the three primary ones are the Good News Club, the 5-Day Club and the Truth Chasers Club (formerly CEF Mailbox Club).”
  • Christian Coalition of Americathe successor to the original Christian Coalition created in 1989 by religious broadcaster and former presidential candidate Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson, and is a US Christian advocacy group, which includes Christian fundamentalists, neo-evangelicals and conservative charismatics. While labeling itself as the Christian Coalition, the organization represents certain viewpoints among numbers of Christians in the United States, but Christians with other beliefs disagree with the organization’s ideas. The CCA’s values are consistent with those of the Christian right.
  • Christian Law Association – “The Christian Law Association provides free legal assistance to Bible-believing churches and Christians who are experiencing difficulty in practicing their religious faith because of governmental regulation, intrusion, or prohibition in one form or another.”
  • Christian Voice (USA) – An American conservative Christian right advocacy group. Christian Voice is best known as the originator and developer of the “Congressional Report Card” and the “Candidates Scorecard”. It helped organized grassroots action through use of its “Church Networking Guide”.
  • Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview – “The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview is a ministry of BreakPoint, the worldview ministry that is closely associated with Prison Fellowship Ministries. Our mission is to seek the transformation of believers as they apply biblical thinking to all of life, enabling them to transform their communities through the grace and truth of Jesus Christ. BreakPoint provides a Christian perspective on today’s news and trends via radio, interactive media, and print”.
  • Concerned Women for America – “Concerned Women for America (CWA) is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization helping its members across the country bring biblical principles into all levels of public policy. CWA focuses on six core issues: the family, the sanctity of human life, religious liberty, education, pornography, and national sovereignty.”
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place.”"Its purposes under civil law are: “To unify, coordinate, encourage, promote and carry on Catholic activities in the United States; to organize and conduct religious, charitable and social welfare work at home and abroad; to aid in education; to care for immigrants; and generally to enter into and promote by education, publication and direction the objects of its being.” This organization is the most powerful anti-women, anti-freedom, and anti-reproductive rights lobbies in the US. They seek to end legal abortion, legal contraception, family planning services and voluntary sterilization. 
  • Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation – “The concerted effort to expunge every vestige of God from government and the influence that the Christian Faith had on establishing the principles upon which our liberties were secured puts America at odds with God. America is a nation where people of faith are free to pray and worship God in the public square, where churches and para-churches can thrive, a nation where church and state coalesce, where people of faith govern according to a Biblical worldview and resolve to maintain an offensive posture on religious and national issues.
  • Eagle Forum - a conservative interest group in the United States founded by Phyllis Schlafly in 1972 and is the parent organization that also includes the Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund and the Eagle Forum PAC. The Eagle Forum has been primarily focused on social issues; it describes itself as pro-family and reports membership of 80,000. Others have described it as socially conservative, and anti-feminist. As of October 2011, Phyllis Schlafly continues to be the president of the organization”.
  • Faith and Freedom Coalition - an American Christian conservative 501(c)(4) non-profit organization with an avowed commitment to “educating, equipping, and mobilizing people of faith and like-minded individuals to be effective citizens.” It promotes the pro-life cause, opposes same-sex marriage, supports limited government, lower taxes, and education reform, works to help “the poor, the needy, and those who have been left behind”, supports the free market, and supports a strong national defense including backing for Israel. In 2009, Ralph E. Reed, Jr. founded the group. He describes it as “a 21st century version of the Christian Coalition”. Reed designed the coalition as a bridge between the Tea Party movement andevangelical voters. The organization held its first conference in September 2010 in Washington, D.C., with prominent speakers Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove, and Bob McDonnell, the governor of Virginia.
  • Family Research Council – “Since 1983, Family Research Council (FRC) has advanced faith, family and freedom in public policy and public opinion. FRC’s team of seasoned experts promotes these core values through policy research, public education on Capitol Hill and in the media, and grassroots mobilization. We review legislation, meet with policymakers, publish books and pamphlets, build coalitions, testify before Congress, and maintain a powerful presence in print and broadcast media. Through our outreach to pastors, we equip churches to transform the culture”.
  • Focus on the Family – “Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. We provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles. We’re here to come alongside families with relevance and grace at each stage of their journey. We support families as they seek to teach their children about God and His beautiful design for the family, protect themselves from the harmful influences of culture and equip themselves to make a greater difference in the lives of those around them”.
  • Gateways to a Better Education – “Gateways to Better Education is a national organization dedicated to helping public schools teach Judeo-Christian history, thought, and values. To support the achievement of this mission, Gateways provides a variety of timely and valuable resources to assist you.”
  • Good News Club (a Children’s Evangelism Fellowship program) – “ a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship in which trained teachers meet with groups of children in schools, homes, community centers, churches, apartment complexes, just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet with their parent’s permission. Each week the teacher presents an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials from CEF Press. This action-packed time also includes songs, Scripture memory, a missions story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson’s theme. As with all CEF ministries, the purpose of Good News Club is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.” While CEF tries sound positive, because part of it’s mission is to evangelize and appear to school children as being endorsed by the school, the end result for schools and students is divisiveness and conflict. The Good News Club is part of the ongoing push by Dominionist organizations to mold public institutions into Christian ones, and if not, weaken them.
  • Heritage Foundation – “Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense”. The Heritage Foundation has also been linked to the climate change denial movement.
  • The Home School Legal Defense Association - was cofounded in 1983 by Michael Farris, who would later establish Patrick Henry College, and Michael Smith. This organization attempts to challenge laws that serve as obstacles to allowing parents to homeschool their children and to organize the disparate group of homeschooling families into a cohesive bloc. The number of homeschooling families has increased in the last twenty years, and around 80 percent of these families identify themselves as evangelicals.
  • In God We Trust Motto (part of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation) - The reaffirmation of “In God We Trust” is a significant step in protecting and preserving our first amendment right to religious liberty, a freedom that is being threatened by an ongoing battle to remove God from the public domain in America. The word “God” and the motto “In God We Trust” have been challenged, especially regarding their display in public buildings, such as the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and schools. If God is removed from the United States, it allows the government freedom to set the moral order of right and wrong. The Congressional reaffirmation of “In God We Trust” is a move that solidifies the foundation set by the Founding Fathers, who established this nation on the belief that God sets the moral order.
  • Liberty Institute – “Guided by principles that limit government and promote Judeo-Christian values, Liberty Institute was founded in 1972 to protect freedoms and strengthen families by impacting the legislature, media, and the courts with the Truth – specifically in the areas of freedom of speech, religious freedom, parental rights, students’ rights, and responsible and limited government”.
  • National Association of Evangelicals – “We work through our Office of Government Relations to represent evangelical concerns to the government and to mobilize evangelicals to engage in the public sphere. Our landmark document “For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility” guides the government relations work. Our Washington staff is instrumental in the formation and defense of key policies of concern to evangelicals”.
  • National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools - “A program is underway to serve the public through educational efforts concerning a First Amendment right and religious freedom issue. This is to bring a state certified Bible course (elective) into the public high schools nationwide. The curriculum for the program shows a concern to convey the content of the Bible as compared to literature and history. The program is concerned with education rather than indoctrination of students. The central approach of the class is simply to study the Bible as a foundation document of society, and that approach is altogether appropriate in a comprehensive program of secular education. The world is watching to see if we will be motivated to impact our culture, to deal with the moral crises in our society, and reclaim our families and children. Please help us to restore our religious and civil liberties in this nation”.
  • National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (Evangelical Hispanic Association) – “The NHCLC seeks to establish life-long partnerships and covenants with organizations and institutions that share the same core values and seek to transform society via the enhancement of the Judeo/Christian ethos in addressing the issues of poverty, social injustice, inequality, moral relativism, cultural decay, class warfare, educational and political disenfranchisement. NHCLC has recently partnered with Focus on the Family”. It is thought that this partnership is aimed at building and solidifying a Christian Right presence in the Hispanic community to promote Christian fundamentalist dogma in public policy.
  • National Organization for Marriage – An American non-profit political organization established in 2007 to work against legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States. It was formed in 2007 specifically to pass California Proposition 8 prohibiting same-sex marriage in California. The group has opposed civil union legislation and has fought to have adoption agencies retain the ability to refuse to place children with same-sex couples. NOM’s current president is Brian S. Brown.
  • New Apostolic Reformation - An emerging Christian movement that seeks to take dominion over politics, business and culture in preparation for the end times and the return of Jesus, is becoming more of a presence in American politics. The leaders are considered apostles and prophets, gifted by God for this role. The international “apostolic and prophetic” movement has been dubbed by its leading American architect, C. Peter Wagner, as the New Apostolic Reformation (NPR).
  • Personhood USA – “Personhood USA serves the pro-life community by assisting local groups to initiate citizen, legislative, and political action focusing on the ultimate goal of the pro-life movement: personhood rights for all innocent humans. We intend to build the support of at least two thirds of the states in an effort to reaffirm personhood within the U.S. Constitution”. Personhood USA seeks impose their fundamentalist worldview on the US public by weakening or eliminating altogether women’s legal right to abortion with no exceptions”.
  • Salt and Light Council – “Engage churches to take action together (on the same issues, at the same time) in hopes to reverse this moral decline and to change policies and government leadership to be more family friendly. Clarify God’s Biblical Non-Negotiable Moral Values and provide resources in education. Develop Values Voters who will defend this country and uphold its values and use their influence in local communities, culture and government. Raise up future local community leaders that support and uphold Biblical standards in government”.
  • The Response – “America’s issues are not primarily financial, political or moral. Neither does America’s hope lie in one leader or institution. Our hope is found in the One who desires for us to turn to Him with all our hearts. This is our response — to call on Jesus on behalf of America, that He might hear our cry and that we would see a revolution of righteousness in this country”.
  • Traditional Values Coalition - a conservative Christian organization that represents, by its estimate, over 43,000 Christian churches throughout the United States of America. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., its belief is in Bible-based traditional values as “[a] moral code and behavior based upon the Old and New Testaments.” The group considers traditional values to include a belief “that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that the Lord has given us a rule book to live by: The Bible” and a commitment to “living, as far as it is possible, by the moral precepts taught by Jesus Christ and by the whole counsel of God as revealed in the Bible”.
  • United in Purpose - United in Purpose is a non-partisan, not-for-profit national coalition of Americans adhering to the traditional values of our Founding Fathers. United in Purpose is a non-partisan coalition of Americans advocating for positive outcomes in public policy by promoting the traditional values of our founding fathers. UiP is your place online to stay informed and take action on issues affecting liberty, justice and personal freedom.
  • Wall Builders – “Wall Builders is an organization dedicated to presenting America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built – a foundation which, in recent years, has been seriously attacked and undermined”.
  • Worldview  Movement - ““The Movement” is a term applied to a growing number of Christians, churches, and organizations that are banding together in an effort to address the cultural malaise that is gripping the West. THE PROBLEM: We live in the midst of a postmodern culture, where truth, any truth, is considered a matter of personal opinion. As a result, we’re seeing a sharp rise in divorce and adultery, ethical lapses in churches, business, and medicine, profound failures in education, and increased criminal activity. This is the horrific and tragic result of an increasing rootlessness — a rootlessness caused by Westerners trying to free themselves from their historical Christian roots”.



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