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The revolutionary priest now wears muted diplomatic pinstripes. But Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, the Maryknoll father who defied the Vatican to serve the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua in the 1970s, has never lost his passion for righting wrongs or his unshakable Christian faith. He has brought both to an unexpected role this year: president of the United Nations General Assembly.
D'Escoto says he is a fan of the magazine. "I have always liked The Nation very much," he added. He also reads The New York Review of Books and Sojourners, a magazine of faith, politics and culture.
With her vice presidential nomination, Sarah Palin has become the ultimate religious-right success story.
At the time, [Joel] Hunter's dissenting voice was drowned out by the media-amplified cacophony of the Falwells, Dobsons and Robertsons. But by 2006, when Hunter mounted his most audacious challenge to the religious-right hierarchy, new voices were being heard. There was the Rev. Jim Wallis, whose book tour for God's Politics turned into a Christian left mini-revival.
Hire faith-friendly outreach consultants, liaisons and gurus; show up at the Sojourners' Forum on Faith, Values and Poverty to get Jim Wallis's blessing; and most of all talk about your deep, intimate, personal belief in God--better yet, Jesus--as often as you possibly can.
Until now the most vocal left-of-center response to the Christian right, for example by Sojourners, has been to call for more religion in politics, not less. In early June the group organized a nationally televised forum at which John Edwards, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton testified to their faith, talking about the "hand of God" (Edwards), forgiveness (Obama) and prayer (Clinton).
"Immigration is for us a religious issue," said Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners Magazine, during a Capitol Hill press conference Monday. "It's what God wants and expects.
"Immigration policy is clearly broken and must be fixed," he said. "So let's fix it, but with compassion. The Bible tells us again and again about the need to care for the stranger in our midst."
In his new book, The Hijacking of Jesus, longtime journalist and author Dan Wakefield turns his sharp analytic eye on the religious right. Through careful research and interviews with religious leaders across the country, Wakefield has developed a unique understanding of the rise of this new political juggernaut and thoughtful insights into what can be done about it.
In the past year I put that question to religious leaders and lay people as I traveled around the country trying to understand what has brought us to the political-religious crisis of our time and what, if anything, is being done about it. The most consistent answer to my question is the Rev. Jim Wallis, whose barnstorming book tour for his bestselling God's Politics took him to fifty-six cities in twenty weeks and brought him into question-and-answer sessions with crowds of 1,000 to 2,000 people at a time.
Jim Wallis, editor-in-chief of Sojourners argues that unlike inherently divisive issues such as gay marriage and abortion, a campaign against poverty could unify Christians "across political and denominational lines."
Jim Wallis participates in a forum on Ellen Willis's feature, "Freedom From Religion," examining the promise and perils of President Bush's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.