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02/22/2013
This denunciation of AARP and call for entitlement reform contrasts with the atmospherics of the “Circle of Protection” of 2011, when religious groups effectively sided with President Obama against congressional Republicans during the federal debt ceiling crisis. A coalition of Jim Wallis’ Sojourners, the National Association of Evangelicals, National Council of Churches, U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, and Sider’s ESA urged tax increases and denounced any spending limits affecting “low-income people” in pursuit of deficit reduction. “Circle” representatives met with President Obama, who presumably welcomed the impression of their aligning with his opposition to entitlement reform.
11/01/2012
The implosion of religious support for Obama is reflected in the minimal enthusiasm expressed for his campaign now versus the excitement of 4 years ago. Evangelical Left icon Jim Wallis of Sojourners had greeted Obama's ascendancy almost messianically. "My prayers for decades have been answered in this minute," he gushed at the inauguration. Once a shrill critic of America, Wallis then announced that with Obama in power America is "a better country than I thought it was." And he boasted of ties to the new Administration. "This White House wants our advice," he surmised early on. "Leaders from the faith community have been virtually inhabiting the offices of the Transition Team over the last weeks, with our advice being sought on global and domestic poverty, human rights, criminal justice, torture, faith-based offices, foreign policy, Gaza and the Middle East. A staffer joked one day, ‘We should have just gotten all of you bunks here.'"
04/12/2012
Conservative philanthropist Roberta Ahmanson discussed art. Southern Baptist leader Richard Land conversed with Evangelical Left activist Jim Wallis. NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty peered into the future of religion and the media. American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks defended capitalism, almost provoking an approving smile from the dour portrait of former Treasury Secretary and financier Andrew Mellon that graced the auditorium's entrance.
05/16/2011
The U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden presents a test case for the growing neo-pacifist wing of evangelical, oldline, and Roman Catholic Christianity.
01/14/2011
It's a wonderful mercy that much of the more extreme elements of radical feminist theology in the churches peaked in the 1990s and have since faded.
11/24/2010
A columnist for the Evangelical Left Sojourners group was also disturbed by the survey. "As a Christian, I tend to believe that God has a 'special role' for every person and every nation," noted Evan Trowbridge, a Sojournerscommunications staffer. "Too often, however, we confuse 'special' with 'exceptional.' If we agree that God has granted the United States a special role in history, then shouldn't we also agree that God has granted Thailand and Kenya a special role? Unfortunately, I don't think that's what most of the respondents in the study had in mind…"
11/02/2010
Wallis' Sojourners critique is headlined "The Theology of the Tea Party: Can Libertarianism Be Reconciled with Christian Faith?" Lest readers miss the point, the article is accompanied by a critique of the late Ayn Rand, with the headline: "Jesus Shrugged? To Follow Ayn Rand and Her Vision, One Must Give up Christ and His Cross." It accurately describes Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged, as a "staunch atheist." But the Wallis/Sojourners attempt to portray Tea Partiers as anti-religious Objectivists is absurd. The recent Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) poll found that 80 percent of Tea Partiers self-identified as Christian.
10/02/2010
Wallis' Sojourners critique is headlined "The Theology of the Tea Party: Can Libertarianism Be Reconciled with Christian Faith?" Lest readers miss the point, the article is accompanied by a critique of the late Ayn Rand, with the headline: "Jesus Shrugged? To Follow Ayn Rand and Her Vision, One Must Give up Christ and His Cross." It accurately describes Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged, as a "staunch atheist." But the Wallis/Sojourners attempt to portray Tea Partiers as anti-religious Objectivists is absurd. The recent Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) poll found that 80 percent of Tea Partiers self-identified as Christian.
02/20/2009
President Obama has appointed a 26-year-old Pentecostal minister as his White House chief of faith-based initiatives. Himself comfortable with religious language, Obama's campaign appealed strongly to liberal-leaning Christians. Inevitably, self-professed "social justice" religionists will have White House access. Evangelical left activist Jim Wallis has already boasted of the administration's appreciation for his viewpoint.
03/07/2008
Pose the question of how to solve human-interest and environmental issues to today’s postmodern churchgoers and for many, the answer lies within the government. To paraphrase the lone evangelical on the left, Jim Wallis: If "the poor you shall always have with you," why not take some from those who are "blessed," and give it to those who need more blessing?