A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

IRD News

If there was ever a question that the Institute on Religion and Democracy is a GOP front, their recent press release supporting the recent decision by the Nat'l Association of Evangelicals to back off on global warming should be exhibit 1.

And for a biased title check out this article "4 churches reaffirm original precepts". Apparently being opposed to gay and lesbian inclusion is an "original precept". While being free to accuse liberals of not following Jesus, no counter voice is to be heard in the article.

According to Peter Jensen, head of the Sydney Anglicans, being gay makes one so powerful that the church itself is imperiled by their inclusion in the church. And Chuck Currie highlights an article on the efforts by the right to get UCC churches to leave their denomination.


At 9:58 AM , Blogger Neil said...

I find it ironic that you criticize the IRD as being political, when their point was that we should avoid political issues that don't clearly tie to the Gospel. What if it turns out that fossil fuels don't have a big impact on global warming? Then the Christian community looks foolish for choosing sides in a political battle where the evidence wasn't clear.

At 11:20 AM , Blogger Dwight said...

Given their support for banning gay marriage, the IRD does not have a history of being apolitical. As for global warming, there is a consensus in the scientific community.

But I think failure to act is a more greater problem than the possibilities of being wrong (a possibility which is there even the church does not act, not acting is a decision)

At 2:51 PM , Blogger Neil said...

Gay marriage (an oxymoron if there ever was one) is much more than a political issue. There are countless heretics giving into the "wisdom" of the world on that topic, so I see no conflict with the IRD weighing in on that topic.

At 4:16 PM , Blogger Dwight said...

IRD is weighing in on a legislative issue. So maybe they are picking the right legislative battles, but they are not arguing from a position of avoiding politics.


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