June 16, 1979, Saturday, Final Edition Yesterday's Washington Post incorrectly quoted Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) as agreeing with the assertion that the "liberal political position is inconsistent with Christianity." That opinion should have been attributed to Sen Gordon J. Humphrey (R-N.H.). June 21, 1979, Thursday, Final Edition The viewpoint that a liberal political position is inconsistent with Christianity was expressed by the Rev. Robert Grant of the Christian Voice and not by Sen Gordon J. Humphrey (R-N.H.) as reported in Saturday's Washington Post.
An effort to meld evangelical Christians and other "morally right-thinking people" into a conservative political lobby with a religious base was formally launched on Capitol Hill yesterday.
Called the Christian Voice, the group plans to use individual pastors and the network of evangelical radio and television stations across the country to generate support for such issues as the lifting of economic sanctions against Rhodesia, passing legislation restricting sex and violence on TV, and "returning God and prayer" to the public schools, explained Sen. Gordon J. Humphrey (R-N.H.) at news conference yesterday. Humphrey is one of 15 members of Congress listed as belonging to the Christian Voice's Congressional Advisory Committee. The group is projecting a budget of $1 million which Humphrey said would be funded by "private donors."
Officials of the Christian Voice, which is registered as a lobbyist group and is not tax exempt, said they would not make public names of donors. The Rev. Robert G. Grant of Glendale, Calif., chief clergy spokesman yesterday, said formation of the Christian Voice is a response to "a tremendous tidal wave of unrest and frustration sweeping the Christian community . We seek to guide its power so it has a massive impact on Washington, rather than dissipating aimlessly." Grant was identified as a pastor and as president of Christian Tours International.
Anathema to the backers of Christian Voice are the positions that the nation's mainline Christian churches and the National and World Councils of Churches tend to take on political issues. Asked if a liberal political position is inconsistent with Christianity, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, (R-Utah), another member of the advisory committee, replied: "In my view, yes." Leaders of the Christian Voice stressed that the group is attempting to mobilize individual Christians and ministers. Humphrey added that all "morally right-thinking people" are welcome.
Gary Jarmin, legislative director for the American Conservative Union who will move to the Christian Voice next month, said in an advance statement the group plans to mobilize an estimated 50 million evangelical Christians in this country "into effective political action and will establish a political action committee to provide funds and trained volunteers to candidates for federal office."
Yesterday, however, Grant said the establishment of a political action committee is not certain. He said however, that the group will distribute next year "millions of congressional voting records to parishioners so that they know how their congressman is voting on the moral issues."