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The authors are careful to note that this is an error committed both by the left and the right, but given how much more influential right-wing evangelicals have been than left-wing ones, this is a message being delivered with more vehemence to Pat Robertson than to Jim Wallis.
But the re-election of President Bush in 2004 was arguably a pivotal moment in mobilising religious progressives in America as a serious political force, leading both to the development of new religious networks for social and political activism, such as the Network for Spiritual Progressives and Call to Renewal, and a greater public profile for progressive religious thinkers such as the progressive evangelical Jim Wallis and Michael Lerner.
In this culturally chaotic space, appeared a familiar face. Reverend Jim Wallis, of Sojourners and - according to the Observer - "Gordon Brown's religious guru", accepted an invitation to debate Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention on the role of religion in domestic and foreign policy.
A man like [Ayatollah Kazemeini] Boroujerdi - like many Muslim traditionalists - is a libertarian. He wants his mosque and his flock without the state interfering with either. This makes him a theist who favours separation of mosque and state - ie, a Muslim secularist. He should be viewed as a Muslim equivalent of someone like Reverend Jim Wallis in the states.
In their rush to interview Jim Wallis after Gordon Brown's warm endorsement of his New York Times bestseller, both the Today programme and Newsnight were among those that overlooked the huge risk the prime-minister-in-waiting has taken. The "special relationship" between Britain and the US may be jeopardised by his blessing of this book, for Wallis's critique both of George W Bush's personal ideology and of a crucial component of his voting base is devastating.
One of the most influential religious figures in the US has called on progressive Christians to seize the religious agenda from the right. Jim Wallis - who has been consulted by US presidents as well as Tony Blair and Gordon Brown - yesterday urged liberal Christians to move the agenda from the right's focus of sexual morality to a less partisan approach.
During last year's election campaign he gave a one-word endorsement for the Iraq war - but this week we learned that he has lent his name to a new book by the US evangelist Jim Wallis that brands the war "unjust".
The revealing account by American pastor Jim Wallis, who has developed an unexpected friendship with the Chancellor, offers fresh insight into how both Brown and Blair approached the decision to invade Iraq, the most critical moment of Labour's rule. It will fuel speculation that Brown had some private reservations over an invasion he publicly backed.
The partnership idea - embraced by moderate American evangelicals such as Jim Wallis, a presidential adviser and speaker at the conference - is likely to be much more welcome to religious organisations than Mr Hague's endorsement of President Bush's ideas for handing over welfare provision completely to the private sector.