Conservative Christians criticize progressives’ ‘destructive’ agenda

(RNS) Dozens of conservative evangelicals and Catholics have signed an open letter urging their progressive counterparts to “repent of their work that often advances a destructive liberal political agenda.”
The letter, posted online six weeks before Election Day by an alliance called the American Association of Evangelicals, includes criticism of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
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They also denounce Sojourners President Jim Wallis and New Evangelical Partnership President Richard Cizik for promoting progressive causes and accepting funding from investor George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
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Sojourners spokesperson Michael Mershon also responded, saying, “History will judge many of the authors of this patently political ‘open letter’ not by their words, but by their vocal support for the most racist, misogynistic and divisive presidential candidate in recent American history.”
He said Sojourners has not received money from the Open Society Institute, the former name of Soros’ organization, since a 2011 grant.
“(T)he ‘American Association of Evangelicals’ will be called to account for supporting a decidedly anti-Christian, hateful political campaign,” Mershon said. “We will pray for them.”

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