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Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition that includes the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, World Relief and the Willow Creek Community Church, one of the nation’s largest congregations, announced Thursday that it will launch a radio campaign in favor of immigration reform. Opponents of the bill are already up on talk radio.
A best-selling author, preacher and social activist is coming to Nashville on Tuesday to discuss why both Democrats and Republicans have lost sight of the common good and how to turn that around.
The debt ceiling debate in Washington isn’t just dividing political parties — religious leaders are speaking up on both sides of what they’re calling a moral issue.
A divide is deepening over budget priorities. As legislators and governors make "hard choices" — all the while ignoring excessive military spending and corporate tax loopholes — activists protest against cuts that punish the most vulnerable among us. As Jim Wallis of Sojourners: Christians for Justice says, "A budget is a moral document." Every line item, Wallis explains, demonstrates who and what we value as a society.
Early last month, a diverse group of the nation's faith leaders announced that "they have prayed and discerned how they might contribute to a more civil and moral tone in the nation's political discourse.''
That was in April, when 126 religious leaders publicly invited Christians to sign on to "A Covenant For Civility: Come Let Us Reason Together,'' which calls for that better civic discourse.
One need not place stock in Louis Farrakhan's claim that Obama is the messiah to validate the expectation of salvation abroad in the land.
"He is the one," said Oprah Winfrey. "The reason I love Barack Obama is because he is an evolved leader who can bring evolved leadership to our country."
Left-wing evangelical writer Jim Wallis called Obama's rallies revivals.
Through music (performers include Derek Webb, Buddy Greene and Odessa Set tles), taped interviews (including author/minister Jim Wallis and scholar Randall Balmer) and the merriment of the Tokens Radio Players, Camp hopes to trigger and share something rare, a politics of grace.
Jim Wallis, an evangelical Democrat and editor of Sojourners, pushed for the new abortion language. He says that with the right economic and social supports, fewer women will choose abortions. That's a more effective way of dealing with the issue, he says, than trying to overturn Roe v. Wade.
In his book God's Politics, the progressive evangelical Jim Wallis writes: "The United States of America was established as a white society, founded upon the genocide of another race and then the enslavement of yet another." This may seem to be a jolting reminder of American history, but as Samuel Johnson said, "People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed."
Shaun Casey, the Obama campaign's new senior adviser for religious affairs, was speaking to a group of Church of Christ scholars about faith and public policy when someone asked what the government could do to save the American family.