In the recent film “Jesus Camp,” a star preacher opines that when evangelicals vote, they control the outcome of the election — that’s been the conventional wisdom around Washington since Karl Rove squeaked out President Bush’s successful reelection campaign and conservative evangelical leaders claimed credit.
The Tupelo, Mississippi-based American Family Association (AFA) is encouraging Christians to register to vote in time for next month’s elections. A recent survey of AFA supporters found that about half are not even registered, which is one reason the organization has unveiled a website to help pro-family individuals be well informed voters.
The AFA’s own release goes on to say that their registration rate is significantly less than the nation as a whole. For all their tough talk of electoral might, the AFA should perhaps devote a little more time to basic civics and a little less doing, well, everything else they do.