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May 2008
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Mainline U.S. Church Leader Denounces Religious Right Agency

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]sunfell)

This Daily Kos article by Frederick Clarkson talks about mainline Protestant churches fighting forced takeovers by extreme right groups.

The [Institute on Religion and Democracy] supports and encourages campaigns of disruption and attack in Mainline churches through its Alliance of Church Renewal. IRD has committees specifically focused on the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church, and the Presbyterian Church (USA), committees which provide support for so-called renewal groups within each of these denominations - the Presbyterian Lay Committee, Good News, and Anglicans United. More recently the United Church of Christ, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the American Baptist Churches, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have increasingly come into their sights as well. The IRD pursues its political agenda in the churches through three strategies: campaigns of disinformation that seek to discredit church leadership, advocacy efforts at church assemblies seeking to influence church policy, and grass roots organizing which, in some cases, encourages schismatic movements encouraging members and congregations either to redirect mission funding or even to leave their denominations. Indeed, the Mainline churches are facing hardball tactics.


More about this ongoing fight in greater detail can be found at Talk To Action

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