Conservative Groups Launch 20-State Values Bus Tour Ahead of Nov. 8 Presidential Election

Students listen U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (not pictured) as she speaks during a campaign event at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 19, 2016. | (Photo: Reuters/Carlos Barria)

Family Research Council Action and Concerned Women for America have embarked on a 20-state nationwide Values Bus Tour aimed at educating voters about the importance of the 2016 presidential election and the impact it will have on religious freedom, parental rights, national security, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

"If we, as values voters, do not stand up and exercise our freedoms now, we may lose them tomorrow," FRC President Tony Perkins said as the tour began last week in Omaha, Nebraska.

"We have political choices in this election that will either allow Americans to regain the freedoms that have eroded under the Obama administration or make it even more difficult for Americans to live their lives according to their beliefs. This is not a time to stand on the sidelines," he added.

Although initially a supporter of presidential candidate Sen.Ted Cruz, Perkins announced at the Republican National Convention in July that he will be voting for Republican nominee Donald Trump for president.

"We have gathered here in Cleveland to select the Republican nominee for president. We have accomplished that mission. Donald Trump is the nominee of the Republican Party," Perkins said at the time. "I will be voting for Donald Trump in November, and I will urge my fellow Americans to do the same."

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council leads the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance at start of the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. | (Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar)

The conservative leader has said that evangelicals need to support a candidate who is ready to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices.

"From his judicial nominees, to his running mate, to the party platform and the policies it promotes, Donald Trump has committed to upholding and protecting this first freedom and therefore our ability as citizens to unite our nation once again under God," Perkins said in his convention speech.

At the start of the Values Bus Tour, Perkins said American families "want leaders who reflect their values," adding that his organization will be supporting candidates who meet conservative core principles.

Other major conservative voices, such as Jason and David Benham, two brothers who have been speaking out in favor of traditional marriage and pro-life issues, backed the Values Bus Tour campaign, and in an op-ed for WND warned that the Church in America must "bring clarity to the chaos."

"We do it by first bringing truth to light, as we've tried to do. The darkness of lies can't hold up to the truth of light," the brothers wrote while speaking out against basketball organizations such as the NCAA and ACC in their decision to move games away from North Carolina, because the state requires people to use bathrooms that correspond with their birth-sex, thus barring men who identify as women from using women's restrooms.

"It's time Christians jump in the ring and shine the light of truth in the midst of darkness — our state and our nation desperately need it," they added.

Supporters cheer Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as his plane arrives at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 17, 2016. | (Photo: Reuters/Mike Segar)

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