Family Research Council Fundraising Letters Target Christian Faith Organization and Ask for Presidential Prayers

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins speaks at Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo: Jared Holt for Right Wing Watch)

The Family Research Council, an anti-LGBTQ religious right group in Washington, is fundraising against a liberal faith organization and urging its supporters to pray for President Donald Trump, according to two fundraising letters Right Wing Watch recently received.

The most recent mail item signed by Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and distributed to supporters takes direct aim at Vote Common Good, a liberal faith organization whose stated purpose is “changing the narrative that has under-girded white Evangelical and Catholic support for President Trump Republicans who, for a variety of reasons, have put other priorities over the common good.”

“The Democrat Party often feels resistant to connecting with religiously-minded voters, while the Republican Party is held hostage by religious extremism. We will work hard to help both parties engage Common Good religiously oriented voters in ways that will add benefit to their political expression and not allow religion to be a wedge issue in our politics,” Vote Common Good’s website states.

But the envelope containing the fundraising letter from Family Research Council declares in bold font: “SOROS EXPOSED! His plan to send out liberal Christians quoting Scripture to deceive and divide Evangelical Voters.”

Family Research Council tells supporters in the fundraising letter that Vote Common Good “sends out ultra-liberal pastors and speakers who identify as Christians and dress up their radical political agenda in biblical terms” and asks supporters to donate “the most generous gift you can manage at this time.”

“You and I must act now to alert our brothers and sisters in Christ not to fall for this deception,” Perkins writes, going on to characterize faith leaders working with Vote Common Good as “deceivers” who “sow confusion and division among Bible-believing Christians.”

In another fundraising letter received last week, Perkins urged supporters to send Family Research Council “the most generous donation you can manage” with a signed piece of paper pledging to pray for President Trump. Perkins wrote that the signed cards would be delivered to the White House “as soon as possible.” But those who send the prayer pledge back to Family Research Council are told to keep an attached bookmark that reminds them to pray for Trump.

“Believe me, President Trump needs your prayers,” Perkins writes.

“You and I are seeing an unprecedented level of personal, political, and spiritual attacks against this president, his family, and his entire administration⁠—attacks that continue to divide our nation,” Perkins writes. Perkins goes on to list Trump administration agenda items that he considers “miracles.”

But perhaps for tax reasons, Perkins issues a caveat. “Now let me make clear, FRC Action is non-partisan,” he writes. “This call to prayer is about obeying God and seeking His will, not President Trump’s political triumph.”