Skip to comments.Liberal evangelicals begin campaign
Posted on 09/18/2006 1:46:59 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON - Liberal evangelicals, weary of a Republican-centric image, launched a campaign Monday to promote Christian values beyond the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage.
Red Letter Christians, a project of Sojurners/Call to Renewal, announced plans to establish a grass-roots network of 7,000 moderate and progressive clergy members.
"A debate on moral issues should be central to American politics, but how should we define religious values?" said Jim Wallis, an activist and executive director of the Christian ministry, which also publishes the liberal Sojourners Magazine.
The project's name comes from the color of some Bible's type, with words directly attributed to Jesus appearing in red.
Wallis said Christian conservatives have limited the discussion to abortion and same-sex marriage, two fears that mobilized voters in 2004, and that voters care about more than two the issues.
"We must insist that the ethics of war and whether we tell the truth about going to war these are moral values issues too," Wallis said. Democrats have pinned part of their midterm strategy on voters' restlessness with the war in Iraq.
The Red Letter Christians campaign plans to use voter guides for congregants and briefings for their leaders to argue education, poverty and the environment are all evangelical issues. Wallis also launched a new blog this week at BeliefNet.com, debating with former Christian Coalition head and failed Republican Georgia lieutenant governor candidate Ralph Reed.
The faith-based group also hired a full-time coordinator in Ohio, where conservative Ken Blackwell is running against Rep. Ted Strickland (news, bio, voting record), a former Methodist pastor. Another coordinator is soon to arrive in Pennsylvania, where Sen. Rick Santorum (news, bio, voting record) faces a tough re-election bid.
Faith-based get-out-the-vote efforts registered scores of new voters during 2004's presidential election. The Southern Baptist Convention's iVoteValues.com campaign alone reached 400,000 voters, the majority of whom voted for President Bush.
And later this week, the Family Research Council will have its Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. Speakers will include Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Wallis said the Christian conservatives have lost their independence with too-cozy ties to the Republican Party. He also is quick to note his group is not an extension of the Democratic Party. He is openly critical of Democratic politicians and titled his best-selling book "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It."
They peaked in the 70s, and it wasn't much of a peak.
That ain't gonna play in Peoria.
launched a campaign Monday
Wishing them all the very best on their maiden voyage.
Sounds like a group from the World Council of Churches. They are far from an Evangelical position. They most likely don't believe the Bible anyway, so why should any true Christian listen to them?
Well I am not an evangelical, but as a God fearing Catholic, and a citizen of this country, I cannot in good conscious vote for the party of abortion, euthanasia, and gay marriage nor can I see how any "Christian" could.
"Liberal Evangelicals"? Is that the new PC term for "Muslim Clerics"?
Jim Wallis will not be successful. As Will Rogers said,"I don't belong to an organized party, I am a Democrat." I doubt seriously that he can get a concensus. But, hey, it's America, he can give it a try.
I do hope he does not do anything to offend radical jihadists though, or he will spend the next few months apologizing. / sarcasm on!
I've said it before and I'll say it again.
The Democrats will NEVER make inroads among evangelicals until they start backing homeschooling.
That is the gold standand for homeschooling evangelicals, and Democrats will NEVER yield control of kids minds away from the government school system.
This is just not something to be concerned about. It won't happen.
"but how should we define religious values?" said Jim Wallis"
If you have to ask the question, you already lost the debate.
There aren't enough liberal Christians for this to make any difference.
I was at the press conference today. A reporter asked how many of the speakers identified themselves as Evangelicals, and only half raised their hands. When asked about party affiliation, none identified themselves as a Republican.
Liberal Evangelical = Somebody who found a verse or two in the bible they think will help them justify pacifism, socialism, racism, anti-semitism, rape, sodomy, drug abuse, thievery, etc.
For people who are real Christians, can not and must not except the ideology of the Democrat Party if they really intend
to make heaven their eternal resting place after death.
These Democrats are in church just as they are in politics, anything goes, if it feels good do it. A lousy bunch of hipocrates who believe in abortion of unborn babies, gay marriage just to name a few.
99% of the lefts faith in God is false and, contrary to the Holy Bible.
The Devils' Angels"...HMMMMMM!
Wallis is PAID by the DNC to be a consultant.
This is christianity with forked toung.
Clergy for EVIL....HMMMMMMM!
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