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Freaky: AEI conducts evangelical summit

Barack Obama, evangelical
Barack Obama, evangelical
AFP/GETTY IMAGES. By Alex Spillius in Washington

What makes a right wing conservative political organization conduct an evangelical summit when they know that the nation is founded on the principle of separation of church and state?

The wall of separation between church and state was a brilliant principle because look around at the world at what happens when government and politics become too intertwined.

  • Theocracies
  • Loss of freedoms
  • Wars (civil and others)

The idea that citizens can share their values from whatever their belief systems might be through the democratic process is good so long as everyone is treated equally and with respect. When citizens and their institutions, religious or political, impose inequality and intolerance, then they have breached the principle. It was a Jeffersonian idea and it is embedded into the First Amendment. It is well supported by the Supreme Court...well, mostly...with some breach having to do with treating corporations as citizens and unleashing unlimited campaign contributions that undermine equality in America. That will be sorted out eventually.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”

US Constitution

A whole bunch of holy rollers are planning to be on the agenda at the American Enterprise Institute in September. What will they be talking about? Abortion must be high on the list. Do you think they will talk about caring for children of unwed mothers through generous charitable contributions? Do you think that they will talk about the rights of women to become ordained ministers?

Do think that they will want to discuss the fact that most religions are steeped in male dominated traditions?

Will they have an explanation for treating gay and lesbian people unequally as if they have a sickness or disorder? Or, will they talk about all people being children of God of equal importance no matter what their gender preference may be?

Will they talk about drinking and smoking like they used to? Will they discuss marijuana?
How about this, will they be inclined to “suffer the children unto them” as in help settle child refugees from Central America?

They most certainly will not discuss the principle of freedom from religion.

No, the theme is "human flourishing". That might mean to live well within one's capacity, and that leads to a lot of interpretation.

September 9, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. | September 10, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20036

Join us for a conversation among leading evangelical writers, pastors,
business leaders, and policymakers seeking the flourishing of the city.

Confirmed speakers include:
Victor Boutros, Coauthor of “The Locust Effect”
Arthur Brooks, AEI President
Christopher Brooks, Evangel Ministries
Andy Crouch, Christianity Today
Mark Dever, Capitol Hill Baptist Church
Robert Doar, AEI Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies
Tim Goeglein, Focus on the Family
Brian Grim, Religious Freedom and Business Foundation
Tony Hall, Alliance to End Hunger
Cherie Harder, The Trinity Forum
Byron Johnson, Baylor Institute for Studies in Religion
Eric Metaxas, Socrates in the City
Russell Moore, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
Charlie Peacock, Producer and Grammy-Nominated songwriter
Mark Rodgers, Clapham Group
Richard Stearns, World Vision
Gregory Thornbury, The King’s College
Jim Wallis, Sojourners
Frank Wolf, US House of Representatives (R-VA)
Bob Woodson, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise”

via email invitation

“About This Event
The inaugural Evangelical Leadership Summit, hosted by AEI’s Values and Capitalism initiative, will be a nonpartisan conversation among leading evangelical writers, pastors, parachurch leaders, business executives, artists, and policymakers. Discussions will focus on concrete paths to seeking greater human flourishing, an objective that is central to AEI’s mission of expanding personal opportunity, increasing human freedom, and strengthening free enterprise.”

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