March 19, 2009
One Cheer for Jim Wallis
Sojourners spokesman worries about linking health care reform with abortion.
At First Things, Keith Pavlischek writes:
Making abortion provisions part of healthcare reform will kill healthcare reform. . . There are a number of people who believe this is an issue of deep moral conviction and conscience and there are firewalls that if they are breached will really destroy common ground.
"You have to know a little bit about Wallis to understand why this might be important. This past weekend, the New York Times has reported that President Obama has carefully cultivated relationships with at least five influential ministers - all described as evangelical "centrists" - for private sessions of prayer and occasional political advice. One of these is Jim Wallis. As Joe Loconte says in his Weekly Standard article, "Obama's Prayer Warriors", the label "centrist" is not entirely accurate."