Christianity Today Press Items
"We haven't seen this kind of bitter division in a long time," says Wallis, founder of Sojourners magazine. "Millions of Americans have lost confidence in the Supreme Court. Bush has a problem with legitimacy."
Yet, like almost all evangelical leaders, left or right on the political spectrum, Wallis thinks that both Bush's and Gore's commitment to faith-based initiatives, character and prayer are threads that could stitch together the nation.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is praising Sojourners for passing its test. GLAAD sponsored an advertisement for the Ali Forney Center, a homeless shelter that aids lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) youth. The advertisement was, in part, a test of whether Sojourners would print an ad sponsored by a group like GLAAD.
Margaret Benefiel, writing on Sojourners's God's Politics blog, said there are "no easy answers" for the economy. "We will need to experiment. We will need to hear opposing perspectives, listening for the wisdom in other points of view," Benefiel said. "We will need to work together across party lines for the good of all, rejecting entrenched, knee-jerk responses. We will need to find a new way forward."
Sojourners president Jim Wallis said that the new figures raises the importance of poverty as both a religious and political issue.
Sojourners president Jim Wallis said the purpose of Occupy Wall Street is still developing, but he is interested in what he has seen so far. "People’s frustrations, hurts, and feelings of being betrayed by our nation’s politicians and economic leaders are clear. They want to be heard," Wallis said. "There is a lot of speculation as to who the ‘Occupiers’ are and what they might accomplish. There is much I still don’t know about the movement, but undeniably it has caught the imagination of a generation—and that matters."