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Sojourners Launches Truth and Civility Election Watch

Date: October 1, 2010

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, October 01, 2010

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Sojourners Launches Truth and Civility Election Watch

Beck compares “progressive Christians” to Nazis

WASHINGTON, DC – Sojourners, the country’s largest network of Social Justice Christians, launched a “Truth and Civility Election Watch” on Thursday, September 23.  The campaign is highlighting media figures and politicians who leave both truth and civility behind during the election season.  Rev. Jim Wallis said, “The level of our public discourse has hit new lows. From politicians to commentators, I keep hearing the same thing, ‘We’ve never seen it get this bad.’”

One day after the campaign launched, Glenn Beck warned his audience that Jim Wallis is “dangerous” and warned that what progressive Christians believe “always leads to mass death.”  Thousands of Sojourners constituents have already emailed FOX CEO Roger Ailes, telling him it’s time to rein Beck in or get him off the air.  Rev Wallis said:

Glenn Beck can do better.  On the anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” Beck seemed to want to take a higher road… But this latest and absurd violation of both truth and civility takes him back to his habitual low road, and from his brief stint on the Mall as a would be evangelist, back to an “entertainer,” as he has previously called himself. This repeated poisoning of our civil discourse is not entertaining at all, but more and more serious and alarming.

Until the election, Sojourners will continue to call out those on the political right and left who violate truth and civility and, in contrast, will hold up positive examples of those who model civil discourse.

For Rev. Wallis’ complete statement on Truth and Civility

For Rev. Wallis’ complete statement on Glenn Beck

For a positive model of civil discourse between Christian author Shane Claiborne and Goshen College President (Part I, Part II)

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Jim Wallis is the president and CEO of Sojourners, the largest network of social justice Christians in the United States focused on the biblical call to social justice. Wallis is also author of the New York Times bestsellers God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It and The Great Awakening: Seven Ways To Change The World, Reviving Faith & Politics. His latest book is Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street.

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.