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Big-Government Evangelicalism

In the "Houses of Worship" spotlight by Heather Wilhelm in today's Wall Street Journal, there is a report on the growing cooperation between evangelicals and liberals in politics. The National Association of Evangelicals, representing 52 denominations and almost 30 million members, has recently put global warming on the evangelical agenda (with the help of Rick Warren). Richard Cizik, a vice president for the group, has joined "Hollywood stars, left-leaning politicians and radical professors" to endose Al Gore's film on global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth." In another initiative, evangelicals are pushing a book called "Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger" that rails against the "ghastly injustice' of the free market. More than 40 denominations are represented in a push for the ONE campaign, whose mission is to dedicate 1% of the U.S. budget to foreign aid. This is only a sampling of many indications of the marriage between evangelical groups and big government. The downhill slide is in rapid progress.