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The Rev. Jim Wallis, the progressive evangelical founder of Sojourners/Call to Renewal and author of the new book The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America, says finding a candidate in Jesus' image isn't a political panacea.
Several influential evangelical leaders have called on pollsters to ask Democrats and not just Republicans if they are evangelicals when future primaries occur. "Thus far, the National Election Pool's exit poll surveys have pigeonholed evangelicals, reinforcing the false stereotype that we are beholden to one political party," wrote nine leaders, including Sojourners founder Jim Wallis and Christianity Today editor David Neff. "No party can own any faith."
Christian leaders called on presidential candidates Monday (Dec. 17) to reduce harsh rhetoric about immigration reform and to develop workable solutions instead.
"As Hillary Clinton often says herself, she is probably the least well-known, well-known person in America," said Burns Strider, who heads up faith-based operations for her campaign. "That is why we are actively reaching out to people of faith to join her campaign, including evangelical voters, so they know her story and are informed about her positions on the issues." In a bid to recast her image among skeptical fellow Christians, she has mused about "prayer warriors" in a forum hosted by Sojourners magazine and talked about "works without faith" at Rick Warren's California megachurch.
Several Christian leaders said Wednesday (Nov. 14) that while immigration reform is necessary, the faith community needs to help bridge the gap between immigrants and a society that often rejects them..."How we talk about undocumented people is a matter of ... life and dignity," said the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder and CEO of Sojourners/Call to Renewal.
Liberal evangelical author and activist the Rev. Jim Wallis called abortion "the third rail of American politics" and said the bill "fits where the American people are."
Beckmann, who was joined by the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners/Call to Renewal and high-ranking clergy from other churches, said commodity payments often go to the wealthiest farmers, leaving the majority of the nation's farmers without that income support.
The coalition is generally in support of the bill, but says it should be expanded to cover prostitution within the United States. In fact, they want Congress to equate pimping in the U.S. to international human trafficking, and make it easier to prosecute those who hire out prostitutes. It's an argument that has found an unlikely assortment of allies ranging from Gloria Steinem on the left through progressive Christian leader Jim Wallis to evangelical and Southern Baptist leaders on the right.
Praying for a presidential conversion but vowing a crusade if they don't get one, Democrats joined religious leaders Tuesday (Oct. 2) to protest President Bush's anticipated veto of a popular health insurance plan for low-income children.
The Rev. Jim Wallis, a best-selling author and head of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, a progressive Washington-based social justice group, agrees, arguing that clergy sometimes need to be ahead of their churches.