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Religious Leaders Stand Up for Rick Warren, Barack Obama

An open letter to pastors across the country


Contact: Adam Segal, Faithful Democrats, 202-422-4673, adam@the2050group.com


MEDIA ADVISORY, Dec. 1 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is an open letter to pastors across the country:


Dear Pastor:


Several right-wing religious organizations, including the National Clergy Council, recently blasted Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church for inviting Senator Barack Obama to speak on World AIDS Day this Friday, December 1. It's unfortunate that these groups would exploit the Christian faith to advance their divisive agenda – an agenda that gives almost exclusive attention to a few wedge issues while ignoring the diversity of problems plaguing American communities.


We reject the creation of an unbiblical litmus test to exclude believers from the body of Christ. We are called to the ministry of reconciliation and the liberation of all people, spiritually and socially.


We also wonder why any organization claiming to represent believers in Jesus Christ would choose to play what amounts to partisan politics instead of encouraging our leaders to address the scourge of AIDS.


AIDS has claimed the lives of 25 million people since 1981. Forty million people across the globe, including 2 million children, live with this wretched disease. And nearly 7 million people are now in desperate need of life-saving drugs, without which they will die. In the face of this crisis, it boggles our minds and offends our God-given sense of justice that these groups would choose to attack Senator Obama and Reverend Warren – Christians both – for working together to stamp out AIDS.


It is time for believers to unite under the banner of truth and work to address our society's most pressing problems. The time for scare tactics and divisiveness is over. As leaders in the Christian community, we will not stand silent in the face of these attacks, but will instead serve as voices for equality, fairness, and justice for all people.




(See the rest of this abbreviated list, with titles and locations, at http://faithfuldemocrats.com/content/view/482/40/.)


Rev. Romal Tune

Co-Chair, FaithfulDemocrats.com


Dr. Randall Balmer


Rev. Tony Campolo


Rev. William Chrystal


Dr. Wayne Croft


Rev. Fredrick Davis


Dr. Paul de Vries


Rev. Frederick Douglass Haynes III


Dr. Floyd Flake


Dr. James Forbes


Dr. Robert Franklin


Dr. C. Welton Gaddy


Dr. Obery Hendricks


Dr. Ken Brooker Langston


Dr. Robert Maddox


Bishop Earl McCloud


Rev. Lester McCorn


Rev. Timothy McDonald III


Bishop Vashti McKenzie


Dr. Robin Meyers


Rev. Frank Raines


Dr. Ron Sider


Rev. Tim Simpson


Rev. Ron Stief


Rev. Steven Thurston


Rev. Jim Wallis


Dr. Lauren Winner


Dr. Rolen Womack


Dr. Jeremiah Wright