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A small, Las-Vegas-chapel-size room at the National Press Club. Witnesses: A dozen reporters and a bank of cameras. Date: Feb. 17. Occasion: An unlikely and awkward wedding between left and right activists and analysts such as Michael Gerson, former speechwriter and adviser to President George W. Bush, and Sojourners president Jim Wallis, loud critic of Bush and his faith-based initiatives.
The newly created 25-member council is supposed to advise Obama's White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, a continuation of the office George W. Bush created. The council unsurprisingly tilts left-center, with prominent members such as David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Sojourners head Jim Wallis. It will formally meet four times a year and have regular conference calls.
But even denuding the service won’t help poor Bloomberg, because now people are in an uproar about it. Even Jim Wallis is holding a press conference to simultaneously urge the inclusion of religion and denounce other preachers for holding press conferences where they, well, urge the inclusion of religion. It’s so hard to be a progressive Christian sometimes.