False teachers like Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis and the UCC, which embraces spokesman like race-baiting Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie, united with a “Who’s who” of extremist organizations for the “One Nation Working Together” rally. (See See Thousands Gather at One Nation Working Together Rally, Including Communist Party USA | The Weekly Standard.)
AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Planned Parenthood, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Council for La Raza, National Education Association, Sierra Club, Human Rights Campaign, People for the American Way, Americans for Democratic Action, Democratic Socialists of America, Institute for Policy Studies, U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Win Without War, the American Muslim Association of North America, and Code Pink.
What a horrible collection of anti-God and/or anti-U.S. organizations.
If Jim Wallis was honest he’d quit pretending to be a centrist.
Mercifully, the United Methodist Church withdrew, but you get the feeling that the leaders didn’t really want to. They just caved based on complaints from their members.
From the Religious left, Jim Wallis’s Sojourners was an endorser, despite Wallis’s relatively recently crafted image as a centrist, post ideological evangelical. Predictably, Michael Lerner’s more unvarnished Tikkun/Network of Spiritual Progressives also endorsed the rally. So too did the ultra-liberal United Church of Christ, made up of 1.1 million members. Curiously, almost all the other liberal mainline denominations were missing, as was the National Council of Churches.
The 7.8 million member United Methodist Church’s lobby office was, until October 1, a prominent endorser. “As people of faith, we deeply care about the issues of justice, education and jobs, and we feel those are issues facing society we have to address,” one Capitol Hill based United Methodist official earlier explained to the New York Times before the withdrawal of endorsement. “A march like this is something that hasn’t been accomplished since Dr. King brought people together in 1963 around issues of race, war, class and the right to decent pay and good jobs.”
Another official from the United Methodist lobby office, when the endorsement was still operative, told Religion News Service: “All of these core principles [of the One Nation Working Together rally] are consistent with the core principles of the United Methodist Church.” But publicity about endorsing a pre-election rally with groups like the Communist Party USA evidently did not excite enthusiasm from church members in middle America.
On Friday, the chief of the United Methodist office announced that his agency was “rescinding its endorsement” of the rally. Jim Winkler explained that his Board of Church and Society was “disturbed by some of the overtly political and partisan statements issued by organizers of the march.”