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The political activity of the Knights of Columbus deals with the involvement of the Roman Catholic fraternal Order to influence public policy to promote its interests. The Knights of Columbus have taken an active political role even from the early days of its foundation. In the years following the Second Vatican Council in the s, the earlier focus on protesting discrimination against Catholics shifted to more activity to promote social issues.
Two relatively new religious coalitions are combating the burgeoning influence of Christian conservatives. The Interfaith Alliance, created in , is largely a mishmash of fading, old- line Religious Left fixtures whose predictable denunciations of Ralph Reed and Pat Robertson have failed to attract sustained attention or new allies. But the Call to Renewal, which publisher Jim Wallis helped create last year, has been considerably more successful in portraying itself as a viable alternative to the Christian Right. Many National Council of Churches types have endorsed the Call, but their profiles have been kept noticeably low.