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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly . INTERVIEW . Evangelical Democrat Tony Campolo . April 23, 2004 | PBS

Quotes From a PBS inerview with Tony Campolo:

"George Bernard Shaw once said that God created us in his image, and we decided to return the favor. I think that's what happened. Many evangelicals have re-created God in the image of a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant Republican. And they end up worshipping a God that is an incarnation of their own values, instead of worshipping a God that emerges out of Scripture when we read it with honesty.

The God that emerges out of Scripture, I think, would be angry with both parties. I think that the policies of the biblical Jesus would, in fact, stand in opposition to both the Democrats and the Republicans.

The reason why I buy into the Democratic Party more than the Republican Party is because there are over 2,000 verses of Scripture that deal with responding to the needs of the poor. Note: 2,000 verses. On the contrary, when you take the issue of homosexuality, which has become the defining issue among evangelicals, I love to ask this question: What does Jesus say about homosexuality? And they always look at me blankly. And I say, "That's right. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. What does he say about responding to poor people? A great deal."

So I really would like to see both parties respond to the poor with greater commitment. But I've got to tell you, the Democrats, I feel, are doing a better job in that respect than Republicans are."


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