Opinion: Moderate Christians Must Speak Out

June 17, 2005

Source: The New York Times


On June 17, 2005 The New York Times ran an opinion piece by John C. Danforth, an Episcopal minister and former Republican senator from Missouri. On the diversity of Christian opinion in the U.S., Danforth writes, "In recent years, conservative Christians have presented themselves as representing the one authentic Christian perspective on politics. With due respect for our conservative friends, equally devout Christians come to very different conclusions... We [moderate Christians] reject the notion that religion should present a series of wedge issues useful at election time for energizing a political base. We believe it is God's work to practice humility, to wear tolerance on our sleeves, to reach out to those with whom we disagree, and to overcome the meanness we see in today's politics. For us, religion should be inclusive, and it should seek to bridge the differences that separate people... Christians who hold these convictions ought to add their clear voice of moderation to the debate on religion in politics."

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