Here are recent writings by others on the growing corruption and apostasy of the religious Right, and efforts at renewal offered by other Christians who haven’t sold their souls to lobbyists.

From via Liberal Catholic News:

Rescuing Jesus From the Right
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Alessandro Camon builds a strong case that Bush and some of his backers on the religious right have literally turned the Gospel on its head, violating almost every principle taught in the Gospels.

From via Jesus Politics:

Rev. John Thomas, president of the United Church of Christ acknowledged on Friday what mainline church leaders have been reluctant to address for two decades. The rightist Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) and allied groups are seeking to undermine if not destroy the mainline Christian churches in the United States.

The conservative movement and parts of the corporate sector have loathed the rise of the social gospel in the mainline churches for a century. They have loathed the social justice traditions that were catalysts for the civil rights movement, women’s rights, and principled opposition to the excesses of American foreign policy from Vietnam to Central America. It was the latter that led to the formation of the IRD as a hub of antichurch organizing.

According to Clarkson and the UCC, the IRD would seem to be a Republican-aligned serpent organization whose purpose is to commit the sin of scandal against New Testament-based churches:

The sin of scandal. The word scandal, skandala in Greek, means things that induce somebody to sin; Jesus pronounces Himself against those who scandalize; Jesus says: Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown in the sea (Mark 9:42; Matthew 18:6; Luke 17:1-2). Whoever tries to separate anybody from his faithfulness to Jesus Christ, is guilty of scandal.

From Chip Berlet via Jesus Politics:

The Religious Right does not speak for all Christians or even all evangelicals. The leaders of the Religious Right sometimes argue for policy positions that make their own followers uncomfortable. In a constitutional democracy, the ideal path for the nation is always open to debate; and the idea of God is too big for small minds to shackle. If we want to defend the Constitution, we must learn the religious beliefs of those evangelicals who dominate the Religious Right, treat them respectfully, and yet engage them in a critical public conversation over the appropriate boundaries for civic political debate set by the founders and framers of our nation.

Finally, Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones of Oklahoma City’s Cathedral of Hope, via Jesus Politics, preaches a sermon that connects Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi to National Coming Out Day and the quest to be an authentic Christian.

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