The victorious conscience.

Friday, December 12th, 2008 @ 11:59 am | Christian Right, teh gay

Support caring for the environment, getting squishy on gay marriage, AND you voted for Obama?

“It was time for him to go,” Tom Minnery, a Focus on the Family senior vice president, said Thursday. “He no longer represents the view of evangelicalism. He has not represented those views for some time.”

The man in question is Rev. Richard Cizik.

A fixture in Washington for nearly three decades, Cizik has played a key role in bringing evangelical Christian concerns to the political table. But in recent years, he earned enemies in the movement for pushing to broaden the evangelical agenda. His strongest focus was on “creation care,” arguing that evangelicals have a biblical responsibility to the environment that includes combatting global warming.

To be fair, Cizik doesn’t come out in support of gay marriage, officially, though his comments weren’t firm enough to please those adamant that their religion dictates the citizenship status of homosexuals. His thoughts represent a mind struggling to put aside extremism and reconcile his conscience with the world around him and those in need of his compassion, rather than use a few passages in the Bible selectively to foster hatred and discrimination. Civil unions are still a form of second-class treatment for gays, but it’s more than many evangelicals can bear to “suffer.”

Still, there is pressure on Cizik to recant, and he is staying out of the limelight. It’s important for those who are supportive of equal rights and religious (especially those who are supportive of equal rights because of their religion) to reach out to him and others like him.

-jb

2 Responses to “The victorious conscience.”

  1. Thomas Tallis Says:

    “He seemed to be abandoning the one thing where evangelical activists felt they had actually made a difference this time around,” Neff said.

    superLOL! the actual difference evangelical activists made on this question was showing their true sex-obsessed puritan face to the world – they may have drummed up enough vote to get bones thrown their way briefly, but the lesson in the numbers is that the evangelical battle on this is one of diminishing returns; it’s on its way to historical irrelevancy.

    There’s a big Cizik interview going on right now on Sky News over here in Oz…man, this guy is going to be a powerful player for whoever he works for. Looks like he’s not going with the “sit quietly” option.

  2. Scott Says:

    Evangelical Christians: the biggest nothing in the history of American electoral politics. They barely held it together for only a single decade.