07/02/2005: Chartitable and Christian-Minded folks Speak Out...
Moderate Christians like the Rev. Jim Wallis (Sojourners), Bishop Spong and others [as Len noted these 95 theses in his piece about Prof. Peter Ludlow and Prof. Leiter] who have rejected the narrow minded, bigoted and hate spewing Extremists doctrines, is this piece: HOUSES OF WORSHIP - From Gospel to Government - The Angry Left finds religion, and the result isn't pretty by Joseph Loconte (WSJ):
”They're the furious faithful--the growing number of religious liberals incensed by the political influence of Christian conservatives. Last week another organization joined their ranks with promises to "reclaim Christianity" and challenge the association of vital religion with conservative politics.
As far as Patrick Mrotek, founder of the Christian Alliance for Progress, is concerned, the gloves are off: "We can no longer stand by," he announced at a Washington press conference, "and watch people speak hatred, division, war and greed in the name of our faith."
With a membership of perhaps 6,000, the Christian Alliance for Progress qualifies as the organizational equivalent of a megachurch--but not much more. Nevertheless, its policy goals are ambitious, ranging from debt forgiveness to universal health care. It proffers an agenda "founded firmly on the teachings of the Gospel." Some students of the Gospel may be surprised at how neatly such an agenda fits the Democratic Party platform: The alliance supports stem-cell research, gay marriage and abortion; it opposes the Bush tax cuts, plans to privatize Social Security and the war in Iraq.
Every few years, it seems, another progressive group arises to contend with the political clout of Christian conservatives. The list includes the Interfaith Alliance, Call to Renewal, Soulforce, Let Justice Roll (run by the National Council of Churches), the Clergy Leadership Network, Faith Voices for the Common Good and the Network of Spiritual Progressives….”
Are these some of the John Q. Public finally getting angry and frustrated at the perverted messages and twisted scriptural references propounded by the Extremist-Religious-Righties? Well, AMEN to that – It’s about time to Speak UP!!!
Karen on 07.02.05 @ 05:23 AM CST