Thursday, June 23, 2005

Closing the God Gap

Liberal Christians are setting out on a daunting crusade -- to break the Republican hold on evangelical voters. The GOP has held that constituency since Ronald Reagan's 1980 victory with the help of the "Moral Majority."

But liberal Christians condemn what they see as an unholy alliance that cheapens Christianity while winning votes for politicians. Among them, Presbyterian pastor Tim Simpson of Tallahassee who told the Philly Inquirer:

"[The religious right] has taken control of the language of our faith... to promote an extreme and divisive political agenda."

Examples include the RNC mailing out flyers in Arkansas and West Virginia in the 2004 election claiming Sen John Kerry (D-MA) would "ban the Bible" if elected President. And just this week, Rep John Hostettler (R-IN) -- in a fight to strip religious tolerance language from a defense bill -- accused Democrats of "demonizing Christians:"

"Like a moth to a flame, Democrats can't help themselves when it comes to denigrating and demonizing Christians."

Brother Simpson is part of the newly formed Christian Alliance for Progress , setting out to close the "God gap." (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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