3/12/2005

Whither the evangelicals?

Chris Bowers of MyDD, via the Hotline newsletter, reports:
The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) opened debate "on an ambitious plan" to influence policy by developing a new platform, which 87 Christian leaders signed on 3/10. The proposed platform, "For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility," contains policy goals that go "beyond the fight against abortion and same-sex marriage" and urge "evangelicals to address issues like racial injustice, religious freedom," and poverty. At the NAE's 3/10 luncheon many speakers said the new platform was "neccessary" because the NAE risked being seen as "merely" a GOP "voting bloc." Speaker Barbara Williams-Skinner drew "a standing ovation" when she "criticized evangelicals who decide their votes using abortion and same-sex marriage as a litmus test."
Williams-Skinner: "The litmus test is the Gospel, the whole of it."

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