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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:19 PM

Jim Wallis Should Be Invited To Give The Benediction At The Inauguration!

I will never understand why this administration doesn't invite Jim Wallis to speak whenever they need a religious leader. Wallis articulates the beliefs of the Christian Left better than just about anyone. From his organization and website, Sojourners, to his many books, Wallis reminds Christians that Jesus spoke for the poor and called his followers to fight for social justice.

I would love to see Wallis become better known in America instead of all the rightwing, fake Christians who preach archaic, obscure, old testament teachings and completely ignore the teachings of Jesus. I was certain he would be invited to speak at the first inauguration and cannot believe, after the backlash over Warren, that he wasn't invited this time. Come on inauguration committee, this is a no-brainer!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Wallis

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Reply Jim Wallis Should Be Invited To Give The Benediction At The Inauguration! (Original post)
pamela Jan 2013 OP
patrice Jan 2013 #1
northoftheborder Jan 2013 #5
We People Jan 2013 #9
northoftheborder Jan 2013 #10
We People Jan 2013 #11
pamela Jan 2013 #13
Bluenorthwest Jan 2013 #2
pamela Jan 2013 #12
greyl Jan 2013 #15
SidDithers Jan 2013 #3
sadbear Jan 2013 #4
leftstreet Jan 2013 #6
SidDithers Jan 2013 #8
Ganja Ninja Jan 2013 #7
greyl Jan 2013 #14

Response to pamela (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:23 PM

1. I respect Jim Wallis and I think he's the real thing, not just reacting to a market. nt

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Response to patrice (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:43 PM

5. Yes, he would be great!

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 03:36 PM

9. I agree Pamela, Patrice, and northoftheborder. I've been aware of Wallis and Sojourners

for at least 30 years and followed their work on behalf of the poor in DC. He has spoken up, marched, and written on behalf of poor people for decades. When I became aware of him (during the Reagan administration) he was critical of public policy that brings about economic inequality and has consistently done so throughout the years.

I know that some on DU would rather skip the benediction and I understand that, but if it is going to be happening, Jim Wallis would be very appropriate, especially since he is already a spiritual advisor to Barack Obama.

It was very interesting to read that "Wallis is married to the Rev. Joy Carroll, upon whom the title character in the BBC sitcom The Vicar of Dibley was partially based"!

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Response to We People (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:01 PM

10. I didn't know of his being advisor for Obama, neat. Why does he not ask him to benedictions, etc..?

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:13 PM

11. Not sure, but he probably has several and doesn't want to have to pick just one. nt

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Response to We People (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 08:18 PM

13. Thanks, We People.

I have given my father several of Jim's books and he really enjoyed them. My parents are devout Christians and I always worry that they will get sucked into the rightwing religious propaganda that so many churchgoers seem to get exposed to these days. They're pretty cool, though. They both voted for Obama both times and I know they get a lot of flack for that from some of their church friends.

It's really sad that so many religious people have bought into the Republican propaganda. I remember in the late sixties how most members of our church would have been embarrassed to admit they voted Repub. Between civil rights and poverty, it was just a given that the Democratic Party was the only choice for anyone following the teachings of Jesus. It frustrates me that Dems don't try to articulate the values of the Christian left. I think Obama tries to "prove" he is a Christian by cozying up to the rightwing religious leaders when he should be promoting folks like Jim Wallis.

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Response to pamela (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:15 PM

2. Why not someone who is accepting of all people without reservations of any kind?

Always the 'against others' types. What happened to the 'help others' types?

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 07:59 PM

12. Jim Wallis is the "help others" type.

I've never heard him speak against anyone. He just concentrates his efforts on the poor and really "walks the walk."

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Response to pamela (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:29 AM

15. Squint your ears and listen closer.

He is against marriage equality.

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Response to pamela (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:16 PM

3. How 'bout skipping the benediction altogether?...nt

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:19 PM

4. +1

It would be a small start (which would outrage, OUTRAGE I tells ya, EVERY right-wing talking head.)

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:46 PM

6. How 'bout a Wall Street CEO?

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:56 PM

8. Why would you want a Wall Street CEO?...nt

Sid

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Response to pamela (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:48 PM

7. I have an idea.

How about we skip the ancient superstition altogether.

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Response to pamela (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 08:22 PM

14. False. He's a homophobic jackass. nt

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