Religious Left Leader: Jesus Was Mum on Gays, Abortion
Posted on Jul 11, 2006
“Jesus never said one word about homosexuality, never said one word about civil marriage or abortion,” said a prominent religious left leader in an article about religious progressives trying to regain the political ground they lost after the MLK Jr. era. (h/t: Huff Po)
The mixing of religion and politics is a bad idea regardless of the ideological slant. But until Sam Harris wins that argument, we suppose we’d rather see a lefty religious movement based on eradication of poverty and a committment to world peace, rather than the conservative religious push against against gays and abortion.
At a church in Washington, hundreds of committed Christians met recently and tried to map out a strategy to get their values into the political debate.
But these are not the conservative Christian values which have been so influential lately. This is the religious left.
“Jesus called us to love our neighbor, love our enemy, care for the poor, care for the outcast, and that’s really the moral core of where we think the nation ought to go,” Dr. Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches told CBS News correspondent Russ Mitchell.
The National Council of Churches represents about 50 million Christians in America ? the majority of them mainline Protestants.
“Jesus never said one word about homosexuality, never said one word about civil marriage or abortion,” Edgar said.
The Rev. Tony Campolo said: “We are furious that the religious right has made Jesus into a Republican. That’s idolatry.”