ON-Lion Letter
Religious Left activist Jim Wallis, president and executive director of Sojourners magazine, is leading a "40 Days for Health Reform" campaign for President Barack Obama's proposed government-dominated overhaul of U.S. health care.  Unveiling the campaign in August 10, Wallis strongly denounced opponents of Obama's plan, which creates a government insurance system that critics warn could ultimately overwhelm private insurance.  "This moral issue cannot be demagogued in the street," he said, warning against Obamacare opponents who he claimed "want to shut down democracy."  He also insisted that the Obama plan would not underwrite abortion or euthanasia.

The president of The Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD) in Washington, D.C., Mark Tooley, decried Wallis's push for Obamacare.  "The new Evangelical Left, like the old Social Gospel Religious Left of decades ago, always materialistically equates Big Government and centralized control with the Kingdom of God," according to Tooley.  "They learned no lessons from the 20th century, when Big Government again and again wreaked destruction and was often the antithesis of Christian teachings.  For the Religious Left, Obamacare is just one more opportunity for coercion and eradication of private initiative.

"Revealingly," he continued, "the Religious Left seems uninterested in lowering doctors' expenses by limiting lawsuit abuse or providing tax credits towards private coverage.  Such proposals distract from the larger agenda of expanding state power.

"Why do Religious Left activists always worship at the altar of the Big Government?  More traditional religious believers, understanding human nature, look to other altars."
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports IRD.
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