Christians Issue Anti-Clinton, Pro-GOP Voter Guides

| by Michael Allen
An image of the famous symbols of the Republican and Democratic Parties, an elephant and a donkey, respectively. An image of the famous symbols of the Republican and Democratic Parties, an elephant and a donkey, respectively.

Two Christian groups have issued voter guides that oppose Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and favor the Republican Party.

The Family Research Council, headed by pro-Trump supporter Tony Perkins, said in a press release on Oct. 14:  "Before Election Day, Family Research Council Action (FRC Action), announced that it plans to finish distributing nearly 4 million voter guides targeting supporters, churches, activist groups, and state/local organizations."

The FRC's "2016 Values Voter Presidential Guide" guide says Clinton opposes "Parental Rights in public and private education (educational choice)."

The guide then links to an article by The Washington Post in which Clinton criticizes some charter schools and says she doesn't want public schools to be replaced by charter schools.

She doesn't oppose parental rights or school choice in the article.

The guide links to another article where Clinton supports Common Core, and makes no mention of opposing parental rights or school choice.

The FRC guide asserts that Clinton opposes "child care tax breaks for both parents who work outside the home and stay-at-home parents," and links to articles in Politico and The Washington Post about Clinton wanting to cap child care costs for families and supporting paid family leave

Neither article mentions Clinton opposing child care tax breaks.

The guide also asks this question: "Do you support or oppose legislation, like the First Amendment Defense Act, which will protect from government discrimination against Christians and others who have an orthodox religious belief or moral conviction regarding marriage, the sanctity of human life, or human sexuality?"

The FRC Guide says Clinton doesn't support these types of laws and cited links to Twitter and YouTube, which both show Clinton's opposition of Indiana's 2015 law which originally allowed Christian businesses to discriminate against LGBT people based on their religious beliefs.

The anti-LGBT law also stopped the state government from defending LGBT people who were discriminated against by Christian businesses; the law was soon changed after a national outcry.

Focus on the Family posted its comparisons of the Republican and Democratic Party platforms, which have no legal binding, on its Commit 2 Vote 2016 website.

The Christian group begins with the party platforms' statements on "God and the Foundation of Government." The Republican side has a longer section, and this part of the Democratic platform, which can be found on, is not mentioned:

Our values of inclusion and tolerance inspire hope around the world and make us safer at home. The world will be more secure, stable, and peaceful when all people are able to reach their God-given potential and live in freedom and dignity. We strive to ensure that the values upon which our country was built, including our belief that all people are created equal, are reflected in everything our nation does.

Under the "Religious Freedom" section, Focus on the Family quotes more content from the Republican platform, and leaves out this part of the Democratic platform: "We will support strong legislatures, independent judiciaries, free press, vibrant civil society, honest police forces, religious freedom, and equality for women and minorities."

In the section labeled "Marriage and Family," there is one sentence from the Democrats, compared to several paragraphs from the Republicans.

Focus on the Family did not include these parts of the Democratic platform in that section:

We will support military families with jobs, education, childcare, and health care. We will promote family-friendly policies and champion efforts to care for our military family members, especially for the spouses and children who have to rebuild their lives after the loss of a loved one or life-altering injury or disability...

Democrats will make sure that the United States finally enacts national paid family and medical leave by passing a family and medical leave act that would provide all workers at least 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child or address a personal or family member’s serious health issue...

Our work and family policies must also help family caregivers. We will ensure that family caregivers have the support, respite care, and training they need to support their loved one.

Focus on the Family has a "Pornography" section which is left blank on the Democratic side, but is filled in on the Republican side about opposing child sex trafficking, banning sex offenders from using social media sites and the negative effects of pornography on children.

The Democratic Party platform states:

We will stop the scourge of human trafficking and modern slavery of men, women, boys, and girls. We will use the full force of the law against those who engage in modern - day forms of slavery, including the commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor of men, women, and children.

Building on the accomplishments of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, we call for increased diplomatic efforts with foreign governments to root out complicit public officials who facilitate or perpetrate this evil. We will also work to increase the provision of services and protections for trafficking survivors.

Sources: Commit 2 Vote 2016, Family Research Council via PR Newswire,, Family Research Council / Photo credit: DonkeyHotey/Flickr

Should Christian groups be rooting for the GOP and Trump?
Yes - 100%
Yes - 0%