Jeremy Pierce at Parableman is responding to an obviously utterly false misinformed, rhetorical, and manipulative rant about Campus Crusade for Christ International at The Huffington Post. As Jeremy points out, the author seems utterly unable to distinguish Christian missionary activity from neo-conservative 'democratization' campaigns. Unfortunately, some 'Christians' (Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell,* and friends) seem to have the same problem. However, let me assure you that Campus Crusade is emphatically not such a group. Campus Crusade generally does a superb job of separating theology from politics. While serving as a leader in CCC at Penn, I have had to respond to several contacts asking for comment on political issues. Penn ACLU once contacted us saying that we belong to a group that "may oppose the death penalty" and wanted to know if we would like a table at their anti-death penalty group fair to explain why we opposed the death penalty. I was also once called on the phone by a reporter from The Daily Pennsylvanian who wanted to know if CCC had any comment on a "Justice Sunday" rally taking place in Philadelphia in support of Samuel Alito and against abortion (apparently the two go together?). In every case we have given the same response: the members of our group represent a wide variety of political views, and CCC does not take positions on political issues. Of course, CCC does take a stance on the moral status of issues like homosexuality and abortion, but we are very careful to distinguish our claims that these things are immoral from the claim that they ought to be illegal. As Jeremy says, and as everyone who actually reads any official CCC documents should notice immediately, CCC is an almost entirely apolitical organization. (I say almost because CCC certainly does take an official stance the governments ought to be tolerant of Christianity in general, and of missions work, and of organizations such as itself, and I suppose that counts as an official political view, but promoting that view is not part of CCC's mission.) Unfortunately, a quick look at the comments on the Huffington Post article seem to indicate that none of its readers have actually bothered to look at the authors source material...
Posted by Kenny at June 14, 2006 5:00 PM
* My apologies for the sarcastic reference to President Bush which previously occurred at this point. There are enough real points to criticize him on without me exaggerating or making things up. While I think that the Bush cabinet and the staffs of his two campaigns often tried to use Christianity in politically manipulative ways, it is not true that President Bush "seems utterly unable to distinguish Christian missionary activity from neo-conservative 'democratization' campaigns."
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