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The First Church of Liberalism: The Rev. Bob Edgar keeps the National Council of Churches consistently on the left wing

Rachel DiCarlo

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The Orthodox Church needs to reconsider its support of the NCC.

It might no accident that the national decline in church attendance has mirrored the rise of activism by church leadership. One religious group famous for its social agenda is the National Council of Churches. Although supposedly a nonpartisan organization, for the past 40 years the NCC's politics has usually sat on the far left of the political spectrum. Since Rev. Bob Edgar took over as the NCC's general secretary in 2000, the group hasn't jettisoned its liberal ways.

What is Edgar's record?

For starters, he's carried on the NCC's ongoing love affair with Cuba. One of his first acts in office was to pick up where his predecessor Joan Campbell Brown left off and immerse himself in the Elián González saga. His NCC secured a Washington lawyer for Elián's father and then chartered the plane that flew him to the United States. Edgar's press office in New York released statement after statement urging the Clinton administration to send Elián back to Cuba. At every turn Edgar's positions were identical to those of the Cuban government--right down to demanding that the boy be denied U.S. citizenship.

Read the entire article on The Weekly Standard website.



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