Even superstar evangelical author and pastor Rick Warren wasn’t pure enough for some anti-abortion groups, which turned on him for — horror of horrors — inviting Sen. Barak Obama, D-Ill., to speak at an AIDS conference at his Saddleback Valley Community Church last Friday. But by not backing down, Warren helped American politics take an important turn, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne argued. "Warren speaks for a new generation of evangelicals who think that harnessing religious faith too closely to electoral politics is bad for religion, and who are broadening the evangelical public agenda to include a concern for global poverty and the scourge of AIDS," Dionne wrote. And he concluded that the standing ovation Obama received "suggests that Warren is right to sense that growing numbers of Christians are tired of narrowly partisan politics."
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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