The New York Times Press Items
Democrats, reeling from the Republicans' success at courting churchgoers, are focusing new attention on a religious and political anomaly: Jim Wallis, one of the few prominent left-leaning leaders among evangelical Protestants.
Focusing on the intersection of faith and politics, four religious leaders illustrated in a television appearance today just how passionate and difficult dialogues on such topics can be.
Jim Wallis of the liberal evangelical group Sojourners say Democratic officials are calling him for advice on reaching conservative Christians.
Jim Wallis, an evangelical pastor who for 30 years has run the Sojourners - a progressive organization of advocates for social justice - was asked during the transition to help pull together a diverse group of members of the clergy to talk about faith and poverty with the new president-elect.
"In this election, some religious voices say all our beliefs can be boiled down to - I'd say strangled by - two hot-button issues, abortion and gay rights," said the Rev. Jim Wallis. Mr. Wallis, whose group is committed to reducing poverty, added: "We have Southern Baptists who wear buttons that say, 'Vote your values.' I say, 'Vote all your values.' The cries of the poor ring from cover to cover in my Bible. God hears the cries of the poor. Do we?"
Jim Wallis, editor in chief of Sojourners magazine, a liberal evangelical publication, refers to [George W. Bush's] talk of a divine mission as the "language of righteous empire."