REPUBLICAN SUPER-SINNER PARTY CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO RETAKE THE WHITE HOUSE UNDER LIES AND ALL KINDS OF UNTRUE GUISES IN 2008!!!! By Kevin Stoda, American abroad in Kuwait Dear Christian and Non-Christian Progressives, As many of you readers know, I am an evangelical Christian and have been ashamed of "good" Christian folk supporting the most lavish spending cynical groups of Republicanism imaginable for the past 30-plus years. For over three decades, I have witnessed conservative evangelical alliances hoodwink clergy and laity all along the perspective (from misguided Baptists to born-again Catholics) who deny the fact that both Democratic presidents (Carter and Clinton) know more about the Bible than the last 4 Republicans combined. I have watched while kin of mine, some who have successfully raised many hundreds of children in the foster care programs to become better adults, lie to themselves and their peers & their progeny about how the Republican image makers are more important sources of belief and doctrine than are the Bible and good sound Christian principles about how to treat the other, i.e. as well as you would treat your own loved one. Instead, so-called evangelical Christian leadership in American has wedded itself in a manner to Republican Voodoo politicians and economists who have kowtowed to the Gods of Image and Mammon time and again-i.e.voting for their pocket book instead of social and societal justice in America and abroad. Worse still, these "good" Christian brethren of mine have often voted to the Gods-of-unlimited military war budgetary while failing to provide first class health care and education to many aspiring and hardworking citizens.
I think it is high time that not only Progressive Christians take time this September to get out the vote in November 2008, but I ask that non-Christians sit down and meet Progressive Christians with Bible knowledge-and learn to frame their message-so as to aid our American Christian brother to no longer go astray. Here are a list of some sites I know of, run by good Christians. They know how progressive the Bible was and how humanitarian leaning our Lord is. Learn to talk the talk and walk the walk the walk this election by reading writings of Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, and Lyndsay Moseley, et. Al. Take some Christian evangelicals out for a coffee and talk their language! American Friends Service Committee, http://afsc.org/ Mennonite Central Committee, http://www.mcc.org/ Progressive Christian Witness, http://www.progressivechristianwitness.org/pcwhome.cfm PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY, http://www.progressive-christian.org/ Progressive Christianity, http://www.religioustolerance.org/prog_chr.htm PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANS UNITED, http://www.progressivechristiansuniting.org/ PROGRESSIVE REVIVAL, http://blog.beliefnet.com/progressiverevival/christians/ SOJOURNERS, http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm I'd like to encourage readers to take time and share about their favorite scripture, their favorite talking points, and about their favorite authors, so that non-Christians as well as Christians can help turn America away from misguided demagoguery through the end of this millennium. Let them know, for example, that some of these Christian sources out-scoop secular media.
For example, just this week, the Quakers managed to be the first to put online the English translation of the recent military accord with Iraq, i.e. which has been available in Arabic for weeks now. (See "Draft U.S.-Iraq Draft Agreement, English Version", http://www.afsc.org/Iraq/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/60561 ) So, many comments are welcome below. Thanks. Kevin A. Stoda NOTES A PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT?, http://www.ssrc.org/blogs/immanent_frame/2008/05/02/a-progressive-evangelical-movement/ Draft U.S.-Iraq Draft Agreement, English Version, http://www.afsc.org/Iraq/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/60561 Faithful Democrats, http://faithfuldemocrats.com/content/view/637/92/ "In an Evangelical World, a Liberal View Steps Up!", http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8131907/ God's Mandate: Care for Creation, http://www.nccecojustice.org/Gods%20Mandate.pdf McLaren, Brian, "Evanagelicals Beware, Progressive Revival", http://blog.beliefnet.com/progressiverevival/2008/08/evangelicals-beware.html Tony Campolo, "Who are the Red Letter Christians?", http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-campolo/who-are-red-letter-christ_b_86887.html Wage Peace Campaign, http://www.afsc.org/Iraq/