Radical Leftie Jim Wallis Spiritual Advisor to Obama

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  1. Marcia

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    It's kind of a Republican screed, but it does point out Wallis' background and sympathies. I knew about Wallace in the 80s because a lot of my more politically oriented friends were involved with some rather radical groups.



    Barack Obama’s Newest Spiritual Advisor
    By DiscoverTheNetworks.org

    FrontPageMagazine.com | 3/17/2009

    Now that he no longer draws spiritual succor from Jeremiah Wright—the America-hating, racist demagogue who served as his pastor and spiritual mentor for twenty years—Barack Obama has turned elsewhere for guidance in the task of carrying out his political duties while remaining true to his religious values.


    The most notable of his spiritual advisors today is his friend of many years, Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the Sojourners organization. Says Wallis, “We’ve [he and Obama] been talking faith and politics for a long time.”

    ..[..]...In 1971, the 23-year-old Wallis and his Post-American colleagues changed the name of their publication to Sojourners, and in the mid-1970s they moved their base of operation from Chicago to Washington, DC, where Wallis has served as Sojourners’ editor (and leader of the eponymous organization) ever since.

    Advocating America’s transformation into a socialist nation, Sojourners’ “statement of faith” exhorted people to “refuse to accept [capitalist] structures and assumptions that normalize poverty and segregate the world by class.” According to Sojourners, “gospel faith transforms our economics, gives us the power to share our bread and resources, welcomes all to the table of God’s provision, and provides a vision for social revolution.”

    ....[..]..In parallel with his magazine’s stridently antiwar position during the Seventies, Wallis championed the cause of communism. Forgiving communism’s brutal standard-bearers in Vietnam and Cambodia the most abominable of atrocities, Wallis was, by contrast, unsparing in his execration of American military efforts. He demanded greater levels of “social justice” in the allegedly oppressive U.S., but was silent on the subject of the murderous rampages of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. In fact, several Sojourners editorials attempted to exculpate the Khmer Rouge of the charges of genocide, instead shifting blame squarely onto the United States.

    ...[...]...Actively embracing liberation theology, Wallis and Sojourners in the 1980s rallied to the cause of Communist regimes that had seized power in Latin America with the promise of bringing about the revolutionary restructuring of society. Particularly attractive for the ministry’s religious activists was the Communist Sandinista dictatorship that took power in Nicaragua in 1979.....

    ...[...]...More than a mere religious leader, Wallis, a registered Democrat, is also an adroit political operative, publicly portraying himself as a politically neutral religious figure whose overriding allegiance is to God.

    ......But Wallis’s most passionate advocacy concerns Barack Obama. Wallis likens the new president to the Old Testament prophet Nehemiah, someone who “carefully surveyed the broken walls of the temple, called the people together to start the rebuilding and to ‘commit themselves to the common good.’” The activist preacher further gushes that the Bush administration’s allegedly unenlightened national-security strategy will “now be replaced by the wisdom of the prophet Micah—that our security depends upon other people’s security,” thereby setting the stage for America’s “new relationship to the world.”

    ......more......

    http://www.aina.org/news/20090317074234.htm
     
  2. go2church

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    Wallis is not considered a radical by the standards of other radicals. Well except those radicals on the right.
     
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    Any movement toward socialism is bot radical and un-American.
     
  4. Andy T.

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    Blind leading the blind.
     
  5. Marcia

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    True, he is not radcial by the standards of other radicals - who would be radical by the standards of other radicals?

    Wallis is radically on the left - look at his background. He's radical even from a liberal viewpoint in many cases.

    I thought about using the word "radical" before posting it, and decided it was warranted. I am not a far righter, btw. I'm even liberal on some issues.
     

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