The Family Foundation has been working at the intersection of faith and politics for more than 28 years. It isn't an easy place to be, but it is an essential place to be — especially because there's another group very present at that intersection. That group is the "Nones." In a recent article in Imprimis magazine, author R. R. Reno identifies this rising force in American culture.
The "Nones" are the people who check the "none" box when asked about their religious affiliation. In the 1950s, this group comprised about three percent of the U.S. population. Now that number has risen to 20 percent. This is especially significant since they represent a much higher proportion than those numbers suggest in the media, in Hollywood, in education and in the other leading cultural institutions of our society.
While we have always faced opposition to our pro-life, pro-family stance in the public square, there has never been a coalescing of these opposition forces as there is today. As we begin to understand the rise of the "Nones" in our society, we are seeing the commonality in those that oppose us. It is an anti-God sentiment that connects all the dots.
The last three years have been three of the most successful years in The Family Foundation's history. From passing an ultrasound update to Virginia's informed consent law, to abortion center safety standards, to school choice legislation to religious conscience protections to a property rights amendment in the Virginia Constitution, our victories have been important. However, we cannot be complacent; these victories are in danger of being overturned if the "Nones" have their way.
We are facing a crucial election in Virginia this year. There is a very real and stark contrast in the candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and the House of Delegates. Some of the candidates are strongly pro-life, while some are strongly pro-abortion. Some support the traditional definition of marriage while others are fighting to redefine marriage. Some support the work of Christian churches and ministries while others are beholden to the "Nones" in their movement.
The "Nones" are well-funded, well-organized and are actively participating in the current statewide campaign. That is why we implemented Winning Matters 2013, an organized effort to ensure that people of faith are equally informed and engaged. It is imperative that those who adhere to the traditional Judeo-Christian worldview are informed and motivated to vote in November.
Please consider how you can expand your influence across your community and across the commonwealth. We are distributing "I’m Committed" cards in churches, conducting voter registration drives, educating pastors and much more. In October, we will be releasing our 2013 Voter Guides to churches and individuals across the state. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with "I'm Committed" in the subject line to let us know you are onboard with us. We will then contact you and let you know what you can do to ensure that your friends, neighbors and relatives are equipped and engaged on election day.