The new Pennsylvania Pastors' Network already has signed up about 100 ministers, most from the Philadelphia area. It was created by Let Freedom Ring, a West Chester nonprofit, with assistance from the Pennsylvania Family Institute and the Urban Family Council.Luckily, the left has great people like Rabbi Carl Choper of Temple Beth Shalom in Mechanicsburg on our side who has been working to reinvigorate the statewide Interfaith Alliance. This national group has chapters in many states and Rabbi Carl is trying to get Pennsylvania’s progressive faith community organized. So far this year they have worked to influence Senator Specter on the filibuster issue and will hopefully delve into state level politics soon.
Former Chester County Commissioner Colin Hanna founded Let Freedom Ring last year to promote conservative causes.
The pastors' network furthers Let Freedom Ring's work during the 2004 presidential campaign to equip pastors to speak out on social issues while abiding by tax rules that require churches to be nonpartisan.
Pastors in the new network will get alerts and material so they and their congregants can press legislators toward conservative stances on abortion, same-sex marriage, gambling, and other issues, said Deborah Hamilton, a spokeswoman for Let Freedom Ring.
Progressive faith-based organizing is sometimes a low priority of the PA and Philadelphia Left, but when Focus on the Family is funding the other side to influence our state’s policies and laws it should be a wakeup call for all of us to get in touch with Rabbi Carl at the Interfaith Alliance and figure out how we can help.