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Silicon Valley Backs Conservative Christian Voter Drive

Silicon Valley Backs Conservative Christian Voter Drive

The Los Angeles Times reports that a group of Silicon Valley venture capitalists are supporting United in Purpose, a conservative Christian organization partnering with Champion the Vote to register 5 million new evangelical voters by 2012.

“Our goal is to raise up a body of believers and that they elect a lot of godly leaders [sic],” Bill Dallas, United in Purpose’s chief director, told the Times.

Although Dallas claims that United in Purpose doesn’t endorse a specific candidate or party, its agenda suggests that tea party Republicans are likely to gain a boost from the organization’s efforts. The United in Purpose website states that their core mission is to “change American culture … [using] the Bible as our standard of truth.”

If their partnership with Champion the Vote is any indication of their stance on issues, these “cultural changes” translate to the elimination of abortion access, the denial of civil rights for LGBT people and other faith-based laws eroding the separation of church and state.

The majority of United in Purpose’s Silicon Valley backers are currently anonymous. Two known supporters include solar-energy developer Reid Rutherford, who sits on the United in Purpose board, and entrepreneur Ken Eldred.

Eldred, a major Republican donor who is also raising money for Rick Perry’s campaign, spoke to the Times about how his Christian faith influences his politics.

“I personally believe that someday we’re going to stand before God, and he’s going to pull out a ballot and say, ‘How did you vote in this election?’” Eldred said. “And there are going to be people who say, ‘Why do you care about that, God?’ And he’s going to say, ‘Because I created that country and I put you in charge.’”

According to the Times, United in Purpose is using a complex data-mining technique to build a database of born-again and evangelical Christians, as well as conservative Catholics. Their profiles are built by cross-referencing anti-abortion mailing lists, subscriptions to Christian periodicals and even NASCAR fan club memberships.

In addition to the 5 million new voters they hope to bring to the polls in 2012, United in Purpose aims to mobilize 40 million conservative Christian voters over the next decade.

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6:43PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

I am a CHRISTIAN who would like to point out that Jesus SUPPORTED the SEPARATION of church and state ESPECIALLY GOD'S and STATE'S."Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's. Is pretty clear since the conversation was about TAXES. EVERY man SHOULD be a GODLY man I think. BUT GOD leaves the choice up to us.I HOPE these MAJOR,CAPITALIZED CHRISTIANS will be judged for their compassion for women , for the LGBT community ,for the poor ,for those who need jobs and for those who need help getting enought to eat.I hope they stop wars , work for peace and heal this country with love and concern. If they can change the current Republicans from short sighted nay sayers into a Kinder ,Nicer group, cut out the greed, dirty politics and wild-eyed sophomoreswho don't believe in science, THEN we'll see what GOD will say .Right NOW the RELIGIOUS RIGHT represents NOBODY BUT THEMSELVES!

4:36PM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

And when do we start taxing churches?

9:55PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Never forget that if any individual or group can be silenced, then so can you! It amazes me how many people who claim to champion equal rights have a very situational sense of equality. If you do not believe in equality for everyone, please display the small modicum of intellectual honesty to admit that you do not, in fact believe in equality, but rather believe in championing the cause(s) of those groups with whom you prefer to align. While we are at it, we might as well deal with defining equality in general and in how it is applied (i.e., equal in what ways).

8:29PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

tereasa r. says "church has no business in politics......be afraid,very afraid!!!!!"

That says it all, Green *

8:11PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

United in Purpose does this- time to pack and leave US since Satan has won.

7:23PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Keep the state out of the church not the church out of the state. read your money, in god we trust.
every one should vote even christians, just as obama drives jews from the democratic party.

7:02PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Oh man! Am I glad Australia started off with a predominantly convict population (apart from the Aboriginees, that is) and not a religious sect! That's what I love about the Australian character; larrikins, natural rebels, highly suspicious of authority, great sense of humour and sense of the ridiculous! I can't imagine religion ever taking a stranglehold on Aussies! I love them to bits and hope this never changes, especially with multiculturalism which seems to encourage separation rather than inclusion.

I love the idea of people honouring their culture and keeping it alive, but I think integration in schooling and lifestyle is important for a cohesive society. This usually happens naturally with succeeding generations, and I hope it continues to do so.

I've sent so many green stars for your comments; here's hoping you represent the majority of Americans so that the US doesn't descend into third world status. Far out - can you just imagine a world dominated by fundamentalist Islam and fundamentalist Christianity? I'd be yelling 'Stop the world, I want to get off!' at the top of my lungs!

4:35PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

church has no business in politics......be afraid,very afraid!!!!!

4:10PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

@ ALAN A... That is priceless ! Church is no place to try to find a " god ". There are many gods in the universe. Too bad the g o d character from the b i b l e is not one of them. Keep stupid religions out of politics.

4:08PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Honestly, God must be really pissed about these guys putting words in His mouth all the time. It's amazing how they claim that God is the perfect republican. As I understand the concept of an omnipotent deity, He has an encompassing love for ALL and knows everything -- I would think He would be above choosing sides.

P.S. It's time to start taxing the churches. If they want to play, they'll have to pay.

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