- The Washington Times - Friday, May 6, 2016

Though he dropped out of the White House race in March, former GOP hopeful Ben Carson is not quite done with the election.

“One of the primary reasons I ran for president was to help restore the Judeo-Christian values that made America great. Right now, they are either in decline or facing a full-on assault. While I won’t be leading this revival from the Oval Office, I’ve decided to continue on with this mission,” Mr. Carson said.

His new calling is a closely targeted grass-roots outreach called My Faith Votes, which has the support of such prominent Christian pastors as Chuck Swindoll and David Jeremiah.

“The immediate goal of My Faith Votes is simple — get the 25 million registered Christians who did not vote in 2012 to the polls this November,” says Mr. Carson. “We face very serious challenges regarding our growing national debt and First Amendment rights of civil and religious liberty — but we do not have to play defense. When Christians vote, their faith transforms the future.”

The new voter outreach is casting a wide net, relying on an emerging national church initiative, a voters pledge, the help of high-profile clergy around the nation plus social media and broadcast outlets.

“We will rise up as a relevant and nonpartisan movement of the church in America that will motivate believers to act on their faith by casting an informed vote based on a biblical worldview,” the new group says in a mission statement.

“The only way that we as Christians will not be heard is if we don’t speak up,” Mr. Carson said.

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