Robert Grant (Christian leader)
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Robert G. Grant (born 1936) is an American political activist, and the former leader of several Christian right groups in the United States. He is considered by many the "father" of the Christian Right in the US. He served as the chairman of Christian Voice, "the nation’s oldest conservative Christian lobby", and the American Freedom Coalition.
Grant earned a B.A. in History from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois; Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California; and Doctor of Philosophy from the California Graduate School of Theology. He was also awarded a diploma from the St. Paul Bible College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Grant involved national conservative leaders in his movement, including Gary Jarmin, Howard Phillips, Terry Dolan, and Richard Viguerie. Christian Voice-backed candidates included Ronald Reagan, Steve Symms, Dan Quayle, and John East defeated incumbents in the 1978 and 1980 elections.
After Phillips, Dolan, and Viguerie left several years later, they and Jerry Falwell formed a new Christian right organization, the Moral Majority. Grant's group campaigned for the election of President Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential election. Similar groups subsequently founded included Concerned Women for America, American Coalition for Traditional Values, and the Christian Coalition. He was the founding president of the American Freedom Coalition with Ralph David Abernathy. He is currently on the board of governors of the Council for National Policy.
Grant appeared on 60 Minutes, Nightline, CBS, NBC News, the Morton Downey, Jr. Show, Good Morning America, CBS Nightwatch and various local and national radio and television talk shows. He has been quoted in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post, Christianity Today, and other publications.[better source needed]
Grant has also worked as a radio talk show host, as the co-host of the television talk show Let Freedom Ring, and on the publisher's council of Conservative Digest Magazine, and is the publisher of American Freedom Journal.
Grant is an ordained Baptist minister. He has worked in various ministerial positions[which?], as the religion editor of the Washington Times, and has led over 125 pilgrimages to Israel. He was the founder of the California Graduate School of Theology. He is a member of the Religious Roundtable. He was a founding chairman Coalition for Religious Freedom and the American Coalition for Traditional Values, both with Tim Lahaye. He founded the United Community Church of Glendale, California.
Awards and recognitionEdit
- Rossi, Melissa (May 29, 2007). What Every American Should Know About Who's Really Running America. New York: Penguin. p. 304. ISBN 9781440621031. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
- Diamond, Sara (1989). Spiritual warfare: the politics of the Christian right. South End Press. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-89608-361-5. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
- "About Us -Christian Voice, Inc. Founding Chairman: Dr. Robert G. Grant". Christian Voice. Archived from the original on 26 May 2003.
- "Council for National Policy (CNP) -Gr- Member Biographies". Seekgod.ca. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
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