Tuesday, February 5, 2008

LIberals, Show Evangelicals Some Love!

At a New York or Los Angeles cocktail party, few would dare make a pejorative comment about Barack Obama’s race or Hillary Clinton’s sex. Yet it would be easy to get away with deriding Mike Huckabee’s religious faith.

Liberals believe deeply in tolerance and over the last century have led the battles against prejudices of all kinds, but we have a blind spot about Christian evangelicals. They constitute one of the few minorities that, on the American coasts or university campuses, it remains fashionable to mock.

Scorning people for their faith is intrinsically repugnant, and in this case it also betrays a profound misunderstanding of how far evangelicals have moved over the last decade. Today, conservative Christian churches do superb work on poverty, AIDS, sex trafficking, climate change, prison abuses, malaria and genocide in Darfur.

Bleeding-heart liberals could accomplish far more if they reached out to build common cause with bleeding-heart conservatives...

I read it first at Denny Burk's blog.
You can read more here.

Some questions:
-Why do you think Evangelicals are not tolerated when tolerance is the battle cry of the liberals?
-What are your thoughts about the New York Times article?
-Do you find the author's comments right on or is he over simplifying the issue?
-How do you see this issue being overcome or can it be?

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