Just two days after democrats pulled up stakes and left Charlotte, N.C. after their convention, the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA) held an event there. The two conservative groups co-hosted a nationwide, live simulcast event at the First Baptist Church of Charlotte, encouraging Christians to get out to the polls. It was called "I-Pledge," and simulcast to churches across the country. Headliners included former Senator Rick Santorum and actor and producer Kirk Cameron.
Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council. Perkins also served as host for the I-Pledge event which he says was “a call to faith, family and freedom.” “It was a call for them to pray for our nation, pray for our leaders, the upcoming election, to prepare registering…and then taking the pledge to vote on November 6th.
This morning on “Starting Point” the FRC president also weighed in on the Democrats claiming oversight in their recent convention platform changes. “I guess its kind of a challenge to make room for God on the tray,” says Perkins. “I guess it was oversight. They say it’s an oversight. Ok. …but nobody two days into the convention…Mr. President we didn’t, we forgot to put in that we support unlimited access to taxpayer funding of abortion.”
Last month, a Virginia man shot a security guard at the Family Research Council in Washington. Perkins says the Security guard named Leo Johnson is “doing much better. He had a little setback. He had to go back into the hospital. We expect him to make a full recovery.”
The shooting which was believed to be politically driven against members of the FRC who voiced opposition to gay marriages has various conservative groups coming forward and sharing stories of being targeted. Perkins says, “We come with different views and we arrive at a consensus but when you start using these packed and loaded words that are designed to incite and entice people that becomes very destructive.”