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September / October 2004

The Law: A good weapon in the right hands
Third annual essay contest results

Category 1: It took a cow to prove it

Category 2: Wisdom from Grandpa

Doc's digest
Freedom watch
From the heart

To do good and share what you have

From the director

Impact of the fund

Mission statement of HSF
Across the states
Active cases
Around the globe

Announcing HSLDA Japan

Meet Hiro Inaba

Encouraging homeschool moms
Members only

Questions about the new member rates?

HSLDA membership rate increases
About campus
President's page

The angry child


On the other hand: a Contrario Sensu

Prayer & Praise

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries




Voter registration

In June, Home School Legal Defense Association's Generation Joshua launched a campaign to increase voter registration of churchgoers throughout America.

"We are urging all homeschool families across our country to conduct voter registration drives at their own church and other churches in their community," says HSLDA President Mike Smith.

Homeschool families are acting on the call. In the first three weeks after Generation Joshua's announcement, over 250 families signed up at http://www.generationjoshua.org to conduct church voter registration drives.

HSLDA's Generation Joshua is designed to train the newest generation of homeschoolers to be effective leaders today in order to change governmental policies tomorrow. Encouraging people of faith to vote is an important part of that goal. A 2001 Pew Research Poll showed that less than 60% of self-proclaimed evangelical Christians were registered to vote and less than 25% actually voted. Given this low level of participation, is it any wonder that in America today we face the dilemmas of same-sex marriage, opposition to prayer in schools, and bans on public displays of the Ten Commandments? Although polls show that an overwhelming percentage of Americans believe in traditional marriage, the existence of God, and the sanctity of life, these views do not impact the political arena because a majority of evangelicals are not involved in selecting God-fearing leaders.

Just a small increase in evangelical voting could make a big difference in the outcome of any election, especially considering that five states were decided by 7,000 votes or less during the 2000 presidential election.

"Voting is a vital part of every Christian's civic responsibility," says Caleb Kershner, Generation Joshua's Director of State Affairs. "Like Israel in the days of Nehemiah, we have an unmistakable opportunity to rebuild the walls of American politics originally constructed on self-government and the Bible."

Although many pastors believe that encouraging church members to vote is a partisan activity, it is not. Conducting registration drives is completely legal and nonpartisan, and a church will not lose its tax-exempt status as a result of participating in such drives.

Most states require voters to be registered about 30 days in advance of Election Day. With this in mind, Generation Joshua is focusing the bulk of its registration efforts on the month of September.

Families or individuals can sign up as voter registration coordinators at http://www.generationjoshua.org. After signing up, they will have access to Generation Joshua's general and state voter registration resources, including step-by-step instructions and support.