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Ralph Reed: Back From the Dead

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Ralph Reed, the disgraced conservative political operative and evangelical leader who took secret money from former super-lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff, returned from political purgatory during the Republican National Convention last week.

McCain Fundraiser Under Scrutiny for Ralph Reed Connection

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John McCain managed to pull in over $1.75 million for the GOP during an Atlanta fundraiser on Monday, but the event also attracted attention for its potential ties to erstwhile Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed. Barack Obama's camp, among others, is raising questions about Reed's connection to the event.

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Former Truthdigger of the Week Dr. Joel Hunter, author of "Right Wing, Wrong Bird," joins the podcast this week to explain why things didn't work out with the Christian Coalition and why global warming and poverty bother him as much as gay marriage and abortion.

The Consistent Christian: Dr. Joel Hunter

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Dr. Joel Hunter, author of "Right Wing, Wrong Bird," joins the podcast this week to explain why things didn't work out with the Christian Coalition and why global warming and poverty bother him as much as gay marriage and abortion.

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Evangelical Protestantism in the United States is going through a New Reformation that is disentangling a great religious movement from a partisan political machine. This historic change will require liberals and conservatives alike to abandon their sometimes narrow views of who evangelicals are.

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Stephen Colbert mocks the Christian Coalition's rejection of Joel Hunter (last week's Truthdigger of the Week) as its president. Hunter wanted to expand the group's agenda to address the AIDS epidemic and poverty -- issues the Christian conservatives thought would cause people to confuse them with liberals, or perhaps Jesus. Watch it

Truthdigger of the Week: The Rev. Joel Hunter
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This week Truthdig salutes the Rev. Joel Hunter, who recently resigned as president of the Christian Coalition because the group was unwilling to accept his agenda on global warming, poverty and AIDS. While we don't endorse Hunter's stand on choice and gay marriage, we admire the consistency of his pro-life position. As the pastor himself says, "unless we are caring as much for the vulnerable outside the womb as inside the womb, we're not carrying out the full message of Jesus."

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