Rev. Jim Wallis and Tony Perkins on CBS News
Last night on the CBS Evening News, Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council were highlighted in a report on the diversity within the evangelical community. It was a strong spot for those working for justice and the common good. Jim was his usual affable, articulate self while talking about the progressive history of the evangelical community and the diverse political priorities its members have today.
On the other side, Tony Perkins spoke with the lack of charity that one expects from Religious Right leaders out of step with mainstream America. When the interviewer pointed out that Rev. Wallis sees himself as squarely in the middle of the evangelical community in America, Tony responded:
‘Well, you know what’s usually in the middle, it’s dead cats and skunks that have been run over.’
What’s the chapter and verse on that one Tony?
This only underscores how out of touch with mainstream America the Religious Right has become. As Faith in Public Life’s recent polling compilation demonstrates, most Americans consider themselves religious centrists. Hopefully Mr. Perkins doesn’t plan on running us all over along with Rev. Wallis!