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But do a Nexis search for Brian McLaren and “South Park,” or “Piss Christ,” or “The Golden Compass,” and you find nothing. You can find he praised the Christianity-trashing book and movie The DaVinci Code in a 2006 interview in the leftist magazine Sojourners: I think a lot of people have read the book, not just as a popular page-turner but also as an experience in shared frustration with status-quo, male-dominated, power-oriented, cover-up-prone organized Christian religion. We need to ask ourselves why the vision of Jesus hinted at in Dan Brown's book is more interesting, attractive, and intriguing to these people than the standard vision of Jesus they hear about in church....
His idea came in response to a question at last night's Compassion Forum on CNN from Jim Wallis, a leading member of the religious left whose focus is "social justice." Wallis wanted Obama to commit to a new War on Poverty.
Wallis got the royal treatment from Couric in the October 18 broadcast. In a piece about the Values Voters Summit being held in Washington, D.C. this weekend, Couric reported a segment on whether evangelical Christians can be counted on by the G.O.P.
Of course, then Schieffer leaps over to the other end of the ideological spectrum: "So who does he think is a better representative of evangelicals? Jim Wallis, who Schieffer calls 'very compelling.'" Montopoli added context: "It's worth noting that many consider Wallis to be left-leaning, unlike most evangelical leaders." That's understating it: Wallis "leans" left at least as far as Pat Robertson leans right.
Inside the A section today, Washington Post reporters Jonathan Weisman (economics beat) and Alan Cooperman (religion beat) combine to publicize the latest stunt by religious leftist Jim Wallis.
A revealing quote comes from Democratic activist Jim Wallis, who says that Obama manages to be passionate and principled without being ideological. So far Obama has generally managed to elude identification as a political liberal.