(CNSNews.com) - The conservative Family Research Council has announced a nationwide initiative to gather one million Americans to pray on a regular basis for Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).
FRC President Tony Perkins said the call to prayer follows attacks on DeMint's character -- attacks that "have been difficult to stomach," he said in a message to supporters on Wednesday.
"In the aftermath of last Tuesday's election, Sen. DeMint has been unfairly blamed for the Republicans' shortcomings in the Senate,” Perkins said. “Perhaps more than any other GOP member, Sen. DeMint is responsible for giving Americans hope that what's wrong in Washington can be fixed if we simply return to our nation's founding principles and work within -- not around -- the Constitution.”
Perkins described DeMint as a crusader for principled conservatism and said he’s being attacked by “establishment Republicans,” who are angry about “what-ifs” – as in, what if Republican candidates had won Senate seats in Colorado, Delaware, and Washington state.
Some Republicans blame those defeats on DeMint’s support for the tea party-backed candidates who lost in those states.
“Obviously, the Republican Party is upset because Sen. DeMint is effective--and he's effectively taking them back to their roots of social and fiscal discipline,” Perkins said.
DeMint also will push the Senate to vote on extending the Republicans’ earmark moratorium in the 112th Congress.
“When people gang up on a principled leader, doing what is right can seem like a lonely effort. That's why FRC is gathering together one million Americans to pray on a regular basis for Sen. DeMint.”
Perkins said people in both parties need to know that an attack on DeMint is an attack on all conservatives and people of faith.
Sen. DeMint “has expressed his appreciation for those who would pray for him,” Perkins said. He added that DeMint has agreed to send “specific prayer requests” to his supporters as he works with the new Congress.
The FRC has set up a Web page for its effort to lift up DeMint and “other leaders of conviction” in prayer.