|The "New Evangelicals" As Seen by the New York Times|
|Written by Sherry|
|Monday, 21 May 2007 08:36|
New York Times is running a interesting article on the "New Evangelicals" emerging as the old standard bearers like Jerry Falwell, who merged conservative politics and the faith, die or retire from active leadership. (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/21/us/21evangelical.html?th&emc=th)
As always, Rick Warren is held up as the new model:
"the new breed of evangelical leaders — often to the dismay of those who came before them — are more likely to speak out about more liberal causes like AIDS, Darfur, poverty and global warming than controversial social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage."
But the issue of abortion remains constant:
But the conservative legacy of the religious right persists, and abortion continues to be a defining issue, even a litmus test, for most evangelicals, including younger ones, according to interviews and survey data.
“The abortion issue is going to continue to be a unifying factor among evangelicals and Catholics,” said the Rev. Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, who is often held up as an example of the new model of conservative Christian leaders. “That’s not going to go away.”
The persistence of abortion as a core concern for evangelical voters, who continue to represent a broad swath of the Republican base, could complicate efforts by Rudolph W. Giuliani, who has been leading the Republican presidential field in nationwide polls, to get primary voters to move past the issue and accept his support for abortion rights.