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Jim Wallis, for example, editor of Sojourners magazine and a tireless leader in progressive Christian activism, has passionately pleaded for the secular left not to prematurely pluck discussion of faith from the vocabulary of Democrats.
"God is NOT a Republican...or a Democrat." That's the bracing message of a bumper sticker for sale by Sojourners, a progressive Christian magazine. It is turning out to be one of the central themes of the 2004 presidential campaign.
If the Democratic Party were to "welcome pro-life Democrats, Catholics and evangelicals and have a serious conversation with them" about ways to reduce teenage pregnancy, facilitate adoptions and improve conditions for low-income women, it would "work wonders" among centrist evangelicals and Catholics, Wallis said.
Jim Wallis, the Sojourners editor, said Bush has adopted a "theology of empire" that suggests God is on America's side and confuses the nation with the church.
The Rev. Jim Wallis, head of Call to Renewal, a coalition of religious groups devoted to fighting poverty, said he believes the Christian right is "out of touch" with most Christians' concerns. "Do we really think that Jesus's primary concern in this election year would be a marriage amendment? With the poverty rate rising, with one in six of all U.S. children and one in three children of color living below the poverty line, with more than a billion people around the world living on less than $1 a day?" Wallis asked.
Jim Wallis leads the District-based evangelical social justice organization Sojourners - the recent sponsor of ads stating, "God Isn't a Republican...or a Democrat." The Bible, Wallis points out, contains "2,000 verses citing God's and Jesus's deep concern about the poor."
Jim Wallis is the convener and president of the Washington-based Call to Renewal, an association of religious groups concerned about poverty. He sees a disconnect when government "is cutting resources to the poor while cutting taxes on the rich" and then asks faith-based groups to pick up the slack.
"We're not just saying 'No' to war. We're not just saying, 'Do nothing.' We're saying, 'Here's a third way,' " said Jim Wallis, editor of the evangelical journal Sojourners and a member of the group.
"It is five minutes to midnight right now, and at that crucial hour we're going to pray and plead that we can avert this war and all the catastrophe it can bring," said the Rev. Jim Wallis, a District-based social justice activist and editor of Sojourners magazine. Wallis said he could not remember a similar situation in recent U.S. history "where the churches were so opposed to a war before it started."
At Washington National Cathedral, the 90-minute King Day service was as much an antiwar event as a religious observance. The audience of several thousand broke into applause when the Rev. Jim Wallis, executive director and editor of Sojourners magazine, called on Bush to create a "faith-based initiative" to end the threat of war.