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Bleeding Heart Conservatives

Nicholas Kristoff has long been one of may favorite columnists. Today he wrote an article that really needed to be written.

At a New York or Los Angeles cocktail party, few would dare make a pejorative comment about Barack Obama’s race or Hillary Clinton’s sex. Yet it would be easy to get away with deriding Mike Huckabee’s religious faith.

Liberals believe deeply in tolerance and over the last century have led the battles against prejudices of all kinds, but we have a blind spot about Christian evangelicals. They constitute one of the few minorities that, on the American coasts or university campuses, it remains fashionable to mock…

…Today, conservative Christian churches do superb work on poverty, AIDS, sex trafficking, climate change, prison abuses, malaria and genocide in Darfur.

Bleeding-heart liberals could accomplish far more if they reached out to build common cause with bleeding-heart conservatives…

Many evangelical Christians have awakened to causes of social justice, especially overseas. And they are losing interest in blindly partisan politics. This might be bad for the GOP (at least in the near term), but I have no doubt that it is a good thing for Christianity.