The Common Good

Christians call for Talk Show Hosts to Tell the Truth

Source: Sojourners
Date: September 16, 2009

September 16, 2009

Contact: Tim King, Sojourners, (202) 631-7763, tking@sojo.net

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Christians call for Talk Show Hosts to Tell the Truth 

WASHINGTON, DC – September 16th, 2009 — Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States, launched a campaign this week to call for talk show hosts to tell the truth in the health care debate.  Over 10,000 messages have already been sent to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

Rev Jim Wallis:  Talk show hosts like Limbaugh and Hannity are pulling the country away from the moral core of this health care debate.  They are working to mobilize opposition to reform by preying on the legitimate confusions and understandable fears of their viewers as well as propagating deliberate distortions.  And it’s time that someone call them to account.

 

We are now calling on talk show hosts to do what they should have learned in Sunday School: tell the truth.  The thousands of e-mails Christians are sending to them represent a ministry of truth-telling that these men – based on their statements – obviously need.  Each message contains the stories of real people who are hurting and calls for a return to civility for the sake of our nation’s health.   It is the responsibility of the faith community to lead the way for a moral dialogue and debate and hold responsible those who use positions of influence to stop or shut down moral dialogue.

What:  Each day this week, thousands of emails will pour in to talk show hosts who have been bearing false witness during this health care debate. 

Limbaugh, we have a problem.  On Monday, faith leaders and activists sent thousands of e-mails to Rush Limbaugh – who has said that “there is no health care crisis in this country” – so he could hear stories of real people who are hurting under our current system.  On Tuesday, Christians sent thousands more to Sean Hannity to counter his “health scare” tactics, like when he told his viewers that women with breast cancer would be under a “death sentence.”  A response was sent with the story of a woman who needed a mastectomy but had her coverage canceled because she failed to report a “pre-existing condition of acne.”

Today, Bill O’Reilly will receive thousands of emails in response to his fear factor.  On Thursday, Steve Doocy will hear from Christians about his bad math. On Friday, Glen Beck will receive thousands of e-mails from Christians who are praying for him. 

Content:  To read a copy of the e-mails sent to Sean Hannity, click here.  For e-mails sent to Rush Limbaugh, click here.  These e-mails are not in support of any particular legislative initiative.  Rather, they bring the focus back to the real reason for reform – the health of our nation.  Each message provides an example of distortions that have come from these talk show hosts and tell the stories of real people who are hurting and falling through the cracks of our current system.

  

When:  This campaign began on Monday, September 14th and will run through Friday, September 18th

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Sojourners’ mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. Visit www.sojo.net, and www.GodsPolitics.com.  

Jim Wallis is the founder and president of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States focused on the biblical call to social justice. Wallis is also author of the New York Times bestseller God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It. His latest New York Times bestseller is The Great Awakening: Seven Ways To Change The World, Reviving Faith & Politics.

Wallis is a leading figure at the crossroads of religion and politics in America today serving as a public theologian, internationally renowned speaker and preacher, and faith-based activist.