WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 /U.S. Newswire/ -- More than 40 Christian leaders and 40,000 faithful citizens signed a petition declaring that "God is not a
Republican...or a Democrat" and that the Religious Right does not speak for them. The petition refutes claims by Jerry Falwell that "Evangelical
Christians...need to get serious about re-electing President Bush" and by Pat Robertson that "George Bush is going to win in walk...the Lord's just
blessing him." The petition calls for all Christians to take back their faith and appears as a full-page ad in Monday's The New York Times, paid for
by nearly 3,500 supporters of Sojourners, the national Christian magazine and organization that initiated the petition.
The petition, found at www.takebackourfaith.org..., further declares that Christians acting on personal conviction can choose to vote for any
candidate, and that they should consider a range of moral issues in this election, rejecting single-issue voting. It notes that: "We believe all
candidates should be examined by measuring their policies against the complete range of Christian ethics and values."
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