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"This level of leadership, and especially the fact that all these groups are working off the same principles, there's been nothing close to it before," said Timothy King, chief communications officer for Sojourners, a Christian social justice organization.
In an piece by ABC's Devin Dwyer, the role of Obama's faith in his decisions regarding the unrest in Libya is examined. Rev. Wallis is quoted in the article.
Writing for ABC News, reporter Susanna Kim quotes Jim Wallis: ""Budgets are moral documents. They reveal where our priorities lie as a nation. To protect the rich instead of the poor in the name of deficit reduction is immoral."
Jim Wallis, founder and editor of the progressive evangelical magazine Sojourners, is against a complete repeal of the estate tax. He said reinstating the estate tax is a matter of justice.
"The moral test, the religious test, the Biblical test of any society is how we treat the most vulnerable," said the Rev. Jim Wallis at the Tuesday launch of the Poverty
The Reverend and political activist talks to Father Beck at the DNC.
"I think the 2008 election will be dramatically different from the 2004 election in relationship to issues of faith and values," the Rev. Jim Wallis told ABC News. "The Democratic front-runners are all people who are clearly more comfortable in church as people of faith -- relating their faith to politics -- than the top Republican front-runners."
For one thing, Democrats are making a concerted effort to close their party's God gap. Senate candidates like Harold Ford in Tennessee and Bob Casey in Pennsylvania are talking openly about faith. And two new organizations — and Red Letter Christians — are reaching out to religious voters from the left. "If we don't pay more attention to poverty, we'll never solve problems of national security," said Red Letter Christians' Brian McLaren.
But Rev. Jim Wallis, a self-described progressive evangelical, said these activists are not focused on what Jesus would care about. "Fighting poverty is a moral value, too," Wallis said, "and I don't see poor people anyplace on their agenda."
"What Bob Riley is doing is acting like a Christian," said the Rev. Jim Wallis, the editor of Sojourners, a Christian magazine that focuses on social justice issues. Wallis believes his faith mandates support for progressive policies, like government services for the poor.