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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Evangelicals moving left

More good news from the unlikely source:

The New York Times reports today on Mark Earley, former tough-on-crime crusader attorney general of Virginia, who changed his mind about drug laws and has now become president of Chuck Colson's Prison Fellowship.

The vice-president of Prison Fellowship is Pat Nolan, a former California legislator who served two years in prison in the 1990s on a corruption charge. Nolan testified to the reporter, "I went into prison believing in God, and I came out knowing him. I understood how much he loved us, even in a dark place."

James Dobson of Focus on the Family, who gets worse and worse with his power-hungry, domineering ways as other evangelicals get better, opposes the reforms that Christian prison advocacy groups support.

It's a good article, by Samuel G. Freedman. For the whole thing, click here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/28/us/28religion.html?sq=unlikely%20allies&st=nyt&adxnnl=1&scp=1&adxnnlx=1214673704-xQmkd3Le9FO+Zc7wnUzQKQ