Cizik attacked by Dobson and Friends
The diversity of the evangelical social agenda has become a regular trend in coverage of religion and politics. Rich Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals has been among the most articulate proponents of this broad social agenda, speaking out eloquently on issues like global warming and genocide in Darfur. This agenda has allowed innovative partnerships to form to fight global warming, combat modern slavery, and work for an end to genocide in our day.
Well, James Dobson has apparently had enough of all that. In yesterday’s daily Focus on the Family newsletter, Dobson went directly after Cizik in the sort of attack that’s typical of right wing distortion:
“We ask,â€ Dobson and the other pro-family leaders wrote, “how is population control going to be achieve if not by promoting abortion, the distribution of condoms to the young, and, even by infanticide in China and elsewhere? Is this where Richard Cizik would lead us?â€
It’s no coincidence that this attack comes with the National Association of Evangelicals board about to meet in Minnesota. Here’s the money line from a letter signed by Dobson and allies:
“We implore the NAE board to ensure that Mr. Cizik faithfully represents the policies and commitments of the organization, including its defense of traditional values. If he cannot be trusted to articulate the views of American evangelicals on environmental issues, then we respectfully suggest that he be encouraged to resign his position with the NAE.â€
The work of evangelicals like Cizik is one of the most encouraging stories of faith in public life today. It’s crucial that the American public understands the kinds of internal pressures that leaders of principle like Cizik confront every day.