by Steven Ertelt
January 1, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — One day before voters in Iowa officially begin the 2008 elections, a leading pro-life Catholic group announced that it will organize four national voter registration days to add more pro-life voters to the rolls in preparation for the November election.
Priests for Life encourages churches of every denomination to give the members of their congregations the opportunity to vote by having voter registration forms at church for people to fill out.
The group has set January 20, April 20, June 29, and September 7 as the dates for these voter registration drives.
"This is not about partisan politics,” Father Frank Pavone, the director of the pro-life group, told LifeNews.com on Wednesday. “This is about involvement as citizens in self-government and involvement as Christians in renewing the culture.”
Pavone, also the head of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, a coalition of pro-life religious groups representing numerous denominations, says churches have nothing to fear from the ACLU or pro-abortion groups when it comes to registering their members to vote.
Voter registration drives fall within the activities that are permitted to tax-exempt organizations and churches.
"It is completely legal and perfectly appropriate that in the very places where people hear the Word of God telling them to make the world a better place, they be given one of the simplest tools to do that,” he said.
“Unless the Church enables Christians to exercise their citizenship, the Church risks becoming marginalized and irrelevant," Fr. Pavone concluded.
Priests for Life provides additional commentary and resources about exercising citizenship at www.PoliticalResponsibility.org.
The group conducted similar voter registration drives in 2004 and the Christian Coalition co-sponsored them.
Related web sites:
Priests for Life Voter Project – https://www.priestsforlife.org/vote