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Tim King, a spokesman for Sojourners, one of the founding partners of the Evangelical Immigration Table, said the work on immigration reform has been under way for a couple of years.
In the Rev. Jim Wallis' previous bestseller, "God's Politics," the editor, speaker and self-described progressive evangelical claimed that the religious right had narrowed discussion of moral issues to a very narrow agenda, while the political left has shown disdain for faith and moral-values talk. In his current book, "The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America" (HarperOne), Wallis says the landscape has changed.
Burgess says his views today resemble those of liberal evangelical speaker Jim Wallis, who travels the country as a sort of counter to Pat Robertson. Wallis argues the political left should be as bold as the right in invoking the Bible to push for its issues, such as peace, economic justice and environmentalism.
The war in Iraq. American children living in poverty. Environmental challenges. Saying it's time for people of faith to act on these issues, about 150 local religious leaders and laypeople held a news conference and marched to the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building in downtown Seattle on Wednesday to announce the launch of a Christian network, Kairos...Nationally, Domke said, people such as the Rev. Jim Wallis, author of "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It," and Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of "The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right," are prodding the Democratic Party from the outside.
Jim Wallis, a progressive evangelical and editor of the national Sojourners magazine, is encouraged by his recent 15-city tour for Call to Renewal, an anti-poverty organization formed by evangelicals, mainline Protestants and others. He sees such organizations building a progressive religious social movement - much as Martin Luther King Jr. did with the civil-rights movement.
"I think some smart Democrat someday will figure out how to bring pro-choice and pro-life people together by actually targeting a reduction in the abortion rate," Wallis said. "I think there's a middle ground, but the extremes on both sides want to use it as a litmus test."