Wallis' Waterloo?

The following clip is part of a campaign by Believe Out Loud, a Christian group attempting to win greater acceptance for LGBT individuals and families in American churches.

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The spot was released on Mother’s Day, with a very simple message about the experiences of same-gender families. But what’s drawing attention is the fact that Sojourners, the online (and offline) magazine that supposedly represents progressive Christians, has refused to show it.

The founder of Sojourners is Jim Wallis, who has a knack for putting himself forward as the representative of moderate Christians. He’s been on the Daily Show, he’s a regular on shows like Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly and he’s even on President Obama’s “faith advisory council,” whatever that’s worth.

But I have to say that even when I was a progressive Christian, Wallis irritated the crap out of me. His moderation is too moderate, and it seems too forced at times. I’m not sure if he really understands many of the people he’s supposedly the spokesman for. (Admittedly I was far too liberal, politically and theologically, to appreciate Sojourners.)

So I’m pleased to see that this latest flap may be his undoing. Sarah Posner has a round up of the various progressives who are now stating that Wallis does not speak for them. To that add David Henson at unorthodocology, who points out that the Sojourners board contains a number of folks from churches that explicitly reject LGBT equality.

I hope that someone in the White House is listening and comes to realize that Wallis is a self-appointed sham.

  • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

    Sorry, but gay + Christian (or Muslim or Jew) = f&$%ing glutton for punishment. If the majority of your faith group regards you as the incarnation of evil, that’s when you tell them to go f&£% themselves and move on.

    On point: Progressive is a relative term, but the idea that anybody who seriously espouses the “teachings” of a book as old and outdated as the Bible could be called “progressive” is actually quite funny to me. Believes in miracles = regressive. Simples.

  • busterggi

    Now by progressive Christian you mean those willing to not stone to death people who eat shellfish right?

  • http://larianlequella.com Larian LeQuella

    “If gawd doesn’t like gays, why does he keep making them?”

    Sorry, I can’t recall who said it first, but I seem to recall that it was a US Senator from NY. Missing my intentional misspelling of course. :)

    • Yoav

      “If gawd doesn’t like gays, why does he keep making them?”

      Energy, you see hell is actually designed as a power plant for heaven. Building all these mansions for evangelical christians and preforming the re-virginizing surgeries required to keep up with the demand for virgins by muslims take a huge amount of power and with gas prices being what they are god had to switch to another energy source. Lucky for him, being omnipotent and all, he can guaranty an endless supply of sinners to be fed into the furnaces of hell for ever, keeping heaven’s economy moving.

      If you’re one of the people that can’t spot a joke, this is one.

  • mouse

    Weird… I know the guy playing the priest at the end of piece. I used to do theatre with him when I lived in Sacramento. That guy is a truly badass actor; seriously he frequently blows my mind when I’m working with him.

  • Brian M

    I agree with Custador. Are TAXES or insane militarism (or fear that other minorities may get some of your money) so important to you that you hitch yourself to a movement that despises your existance?

    I might note, however, that the Man in the White House could care less. Who are GLTB people going to vote for, Huckabee? (or whoever..all of the Republican candidates so far are certifiable)

  • http://www.agnostic-library.com/ma/ PsiCop

    I’m of two minds about Wallis. I’m no fan of his religion or of his accommodationism, but I do think he behaved in classy fashion when Glenn Beck was berating and belittling him, basically accusing him of being a vital element of the Vast Communist Conspiracy trying to take over the Beckster’s precious country (alongside Obama and Soros and the directors of ACORN, among the many other bogeymen who inhabit that famously paranoid-schizophrenic mind and who are interconnected with each other by chalk lines woven by Beckie’s psychopathology).


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