Red Letter Christians: Religious Values Go Beyond Same Sex Marriage and Abortion

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“A debate on moral issues should be central to American politics, but how should we define religious values?”

“We must insist that the ethics of war — and whether we tell the truth about going to war — these are moral values issues too.”

The speaker? Who else but the ubiquitous (you almost want to say omnipresent) Jim Wallis, who today announced plans to establish a grass-roots network of 7,000 moderate and progressive clergy members. Red Letter Christians, a project of Sojurners/Call to Renewal, plans to use voter guides for congregants and briefings for their leaders to a broader definition of morality and Christian values beyond gay marriage and abortion to war, education, and poverty, among other things.

Wallis has just rolled out a new blog at Beliefnet, where this week he (politely) debates Ralph Reed. (Liberals and conservatives engaging with the issues without resorting to insult and invective! What next?) Worth a look.

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