A recent disclosure that Obama administration transition team met representatives of the atheist Secular Coalition for America to plot political strategy has prompted the national advocacy group In God We Trust to fight back. Today the organization's national chairman announced an unprecedented $1 million campaign to oppose attempts by the administration and Congress to curtail religious freedom and whitewash America's religious heritage"I doubt that any newly elected President has ever sat down with lobbyists for the American atheist movement to plot legislative strategy," says Bishop Council Nedd, In God We Trust's chairman. "Clearly the administration is planning to push the radical left's vision of a completely secular United States down the throats of ordinary Americans."
Already Democrats in Congress have inserted a ban on religious institutions benefitting from the President's "stimulus" bill. The ban could include universities with divinity schools or even public schools that permit religious organizations to use their facilities.
"The Obama administration is faking right in order to attempt to placate religious voters while running hard left and plotting strategy with the atheist Secular Coalition for America," says Nedd. "One of his first appointments was Virginia Governor Tim Kaine as head of the Democratic Party. Kaine is fighting a nasty battle with his state legislature over Kaine's ban on state trooper chaplains invoking the name of Jesus. The President has a definite agenda and we are going to stop it."
The previously unreported strategy sessions between transition officials and atheist lobbyists were disclosed in a January 27th article in the American Prospect.
According to Nedd, the $1 million campaign will include online and offline petition campaigns, advertising and a nationwide effort to mobilize religious voters.
Left wing advocacy groups have sent a series of proposals to the Obama administration seeking to curtail religious liberties in the military, expand the efforts of the Justice department to enforce the so-called "separation of church and state" and to downplay the importance of faith in American political life.