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King: Religious Right’s Hypocrisy is Wrong and Hastening Decline of American Christianity

March 1, 2012, 1:00 pm | Posted by Christopher Hale

Tim King

Following Franklin Graham’s unfair attack on the President’s faith last week, Tim King of Sojourners called ‘foul’ in a BBC debate with Bryan Fischer of American Family Radio.

While Fischer once more defended Graham’s attack on President Obama, Tim called out Graham’s duplicity:

When Graham was asked about the President’s faith, he said he didn’t know. But when he was asked about Santorum and Gingrich, he could answer with certainty what he thought was in their hearts and whether or not they were Christians. [T]he standard was for Democrats: “well, maybe you’re a Christian, maybe not?” But if you’re a Republican, then “yes, [you’re a Christian.]“

In an article featured Wednesday on CNN’s Belief Blog, Tim further articulated how this partisan hypocrisy by the Religious Right is driving young people away from religion altogether.

When Franklin Graham sets up double standards of faith for Republicans and Democrats, when Pat Robertson intones about a coming “secular atheist dictatorship,” when the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins goes off about the dangers of repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and other “anti-family, anti-religious, anti-Christian policies,” when the great test for the next President of our country is who has “real” theology and who has “phony” theology, it might make for good sound bites.

But it’s bad faith [and]…it’s hastening the decline of Christianity for an entire generation.

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