Tony Perkins Co-Authors New Book: 'Personal Faith, Public Policy'

Mar 04, 2008, 00:00 ET from Family Research Council

    WASHINGTON, March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the presidential
 nominees soon to be finalized, many are wondering where religious Americans
 will land. In their new book, Personal Faith, Public Policy (FrontLine;
 March 2008), Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, and
 Bishop Harry Jackson, chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and
 senior pastor of Hope Christian Church, argue that the religious Right is
 not falling apart; rather it is growing, expanding, and being rejuvenated.
 
 
 
     "What our critics see as 'splintering' is actually the growing pains
 that precede a healthy expansion," write Jackson and Perkins. "The movement
 is adapting to the changing political environment and broadening its ranks
 while holding firmly to the principles that have united us thus far."
 
 
 
     Jackson and Perkins write that the religious Right has experienced
 significant growth in recent years, becoming more diverse in a number of
 important ways, from race to age to political affiliation; however, they
 conclude that unifying these coalitions has been and will continue to be a
 challenge to the religious Right.
 
 
 
     In an effort to unite these diverse coalitions, Jackson and Perkins
 advocate building upon the pro-life, pro-family issues that have been the
 mainstay of the religious Right. They intend to expand the religious
 Right's influence into immigration policy, poverty and social justice,
 racial reconciliation, and global warming.
 
 
 
     "While some argue that evangelicals lose influence when they fail to
 vote as a bloc for a particular political party, the ability to seed both
 parties and operate as a political 'free agent' could prove to have a much
 greater impact on actual public policy. As a result of the broadening of
 the evangelical movement, both political parties will increasingly have to
 compete for support of evangelicals to succeed. This, we believe, will
 ultimately result in policies that are more faith-friendly," write Jackson
 and Perkins.
 
 
 
     Tony Perkins is president of the Washington DC-based Family Research
 Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served
 for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for
 authoring measures like the nation's first Covenant Marriage law. Since
 joining FRC in the fall of 2003, he has led FRC to aggressively continue
 their work affirming and defending the Judeo-Christian values that this
 nation is founded upon. www.FRC.org
 
 
 
     Bishop Harry Jackson is senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in the
 Washington DC area. As founder and chairman of the High Impact Leadership
 Coalition (HILC), Bishop Jackson has declared that the church and its
 leaders must lead the way to protect America's moral compass. He has
 authored several books, including High Impact African-American Churches.
 www.HILC.net
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE Family Research Council
    WASHINGTON, March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the presidential
 nominees soon to be finalized, many are wondering where religious Americans
 will land. In their new book, Personal Faith, Public Policy (FrontLine;
 March 2008), Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, and
 Bishop Harry Jackson, chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and
 senior pastor of Hope Christian Church, argue that the religious Right is
 not falling apart; rather it is growing, expanding, and being rejuvenated.
 
 
 
     "What our critics see as 'splintering' is actually the growing pains
 that precede a healthy expansion," write Jackson and Perkins. "The movement
 is adapting to the changing political environment and broadening its ranks
 while holding firmly to the principles that have united us thus far."
 
 
 
     Jackson and Perkins write that the religious Right has experienced
 significant growth in recent years, becoming more diverse in a number of
 important ways, from race to age to political affiliation; however, they
 conclude that unifying these coalitions has been and will continue to be a
 challenge to the religious Right.
 
 
 
     In an effort to unite these diverse coalitions, Jackson and Perkins
 advocate building upon the pro-life, pro-family issues that have been the
 mainstay of the religious Right. They intend to expand the religious
 Right's influence into immigration policy, poverty and social justice,
 racial reconciliation, and global warming.
 
 
 
     "While some argue that evangelicals lose influence when they fail to
 vote as a bloc for a particular political party, the ability to seed both
 parties and operate as a political 'free agent' could prove to have a much
 greater impact on actual public policy. As a result of the broadening of
 the evangelical movement, both political parties will increasingly have to
 compete for support of evangelicals to succeed. This, we believe, will
 ultimately result in policies that are more faith-friendly," write Jackson
 and Perkins.
 
 
 
     Tony Perkins is president of the Washington DC-based Family Research
 Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served
 for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for
 authoring measures like the nation's first Covenant Marriage law. Since
 joining FRC in the fall of 2003, he has led FRC to aggressively continue
 their work affirming and defending the Judeo-Christian values that this
 nation is founded upon. www.FRC.org
 
 
 
     Bishop Harry Jackson is senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in the
 Washington DC area. As founder and chairman of the High Impact Leadership
 Coalition (HILC), Bishop Jackson has declared that the church and its
 leaders must lead the way to protect America's moral compass. He has
 authored several books, including High Impact African-American Churches.
 www.HILC.net
 
 
 
 
 
 
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