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The Religious Left: More Left Than Religion
End of Day email from American Values ^
| Gary Bauer
Posted on 01/11/2007 6:30:18 PM PST by DeweyCA
A new report by the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) casts some very revealing light on the National Council of Churches (NCC), the vanguard of religious Left movement in America. While Big Media ceaselessly frets about the political activity of the religious Right, it rarely takes on the religious Left. But the report by IRD ought to raise a few eyebrows. The NCCs primary spokesman has been the Reverend Bob Edgar a former Democrat member of Congress. It seems that as membership in liberal mainline denominations has declined over the years, Edgar has been reaching out to some of his former political allies for help in fundraising.
According to IRDs report, the NCC now receives a majority of its funding not from churches or religious groups, but leftwing secular organizations with no interest in faith or religion at all. For example, the NCC received grants from the Sierra Club, the Ford Foundation, Ted Turners United Nations Fund, and another group connected to George Soros. The NCC also applied for a $100,000 grant from the radical Left lobbying group MoveOn.Org! As it turns out, only six of the NCCs top 16 funders are church organizations. Could it be that the National Council of Churches and the religious Left generally are more left than religious? That would likely explain why Big Media never complains when the religious Left injects its values into the political arena.
TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fauxchristians; hypocrites; ncc; religiousleft; valuesvoters
The NCC has long been just a front group for Leftists. This new report confirms that. Thankfully fewer and fewer Christian groups are having anything to do with this socialist organization.
posted on 01/11/2007 6:30:20 PM PST
I believe it started out as a front group for the Soviet Union.
posted on 01/11/2007 6:31:45 PM PST
As if we hadn't already suspected this for years?
posted on 01/11/2007 6:37:08 PM PST
It's easy to see why the MSM and the Educational TV sideshows always go to the religious left to see what Christians believe: these media are endlessly comforted to find that they believe NOTHING.
posted on 01/11/2007 6:41:50 PM PST
(...diversity is great (until it happens to you)...)
The Irreligious Left the Churches and Temples ages ago to start their own "religions", and they call it the "Religious Left" in that dishonor.
posted on 01/11/2007 6:44:55 PM PST
by Tanniker Smith
(I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
Yes, one of my complaints about the liberal denominations is that they are more liberal than religious. And talk about hijacking God for your political agenda!
More than religion is not an apt description. More like everything but religion.
posted on 01/11/2007 6:45:53 PM PST
To: DeweyCA; All
Just read this piece of commentary on UCCtruths.com
: Regardless of your opinion of the IRD or the NCC, the report raises serious questions about the National Council of Churches and its sources of funding. Bob Edgar, like the UCCs John Thomas, doesnt like to have his motives questioned and will undoubtedly respond by claiming a right-wing conspiracy instead of actually explaining why the National Council of Churches hasnt been more transparent about its sources of funding. In September, 2005, the United Methodist Church (Edgars own church and the largest member of the National Council of Churches) sent a letter of concern to the NCC over the departure of the Antiochian Orthodox Church and called for immediate steps to understand why the Orthodox church left the NCC. In the same letter, the United Methodist Church also expressed its disdain over a politically loaded fund raising letter that Edgar sent out in June of 2005. Edgars initial reaction to the criticism he received from the letter was to suggest a conspiracy by those who try to dilute our witness and mislead our friends by suggesting that the National Council of Churches is a partisan, left-leaning organization. However, his tune changed after the UMC letter. Thomas Hoyt, then President of the National Council of Churches, said that Edgar now has acknowledged that the letter was sent from the development office without proper review. The IRD, on the other hand, has a clear political agenda. Unlike the National Council of Churches, their agenda is transparent and their sources of funding are very public. But the biggest difference between the NCC and the IRD is their constituency. Whether you love them or hate them, the IRDs members voluntarily and directly subscribe to their values and principles. The 45 million members that the NCC claims to represent are so buried under multiple levels of bureaucracy between their local churches, associations, conferences and denomination offices that there is literally no connection between the NCC and its members. Further, since the NCC claims to speak with a prophetic voice on a range of issues, it has a moral obligation to publicly disclose its sources of funding and political alliances but it does not. At a minimum, the IRD report provides a level of transparency that the NCC wont disclose on its own.
posted on 01/11/2007 7:04:46 PM PST
(Put yer dukes up)
Well just today there was a story about Clinton and Carter trying to start a new "Baptist" Church that emphasises social justice and saving the environment. Of course it is more motivative by a new southern strategy to try to carve off more votes for Democrats.
Membership in mainline denominations has been dwindling for decades. Every few years the United Methodist Council of Bishops contracts for a survey to explain this. Every time the results are the same. People leave the denomination because it is not committed to teaching Biblical Christianity. Every time the Bishops dismiss the results as incorrect. Leave them alone. They are dying.
posted on 01/11/2007 7:34:48 PM PST
by Louis Foxwell
(here come I, gravitas in tow.)
To: Always Right
I say Bill has two or three hundred female worshippers within 6 months.
Carter, not so much.
posted on 01/11/2007 7:43:22 PM PST
(Prove to us that you can enforce the borders first)
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