Troy Stouffer, one of the most respected and talented correspondents on gather, recently posted an article which asked the following question:
"I Am An Evangelical. Why Does That Scare you?"
In the article he revealed his beliefs, but did not address what may be the most important answer to his question. Many of the commenters did, however.
The following quote from today's LA Times, I think, represents the "sum of all fears," regarding this extremely important question that Troy has raised.
"...the Rev. Wiley S. Drake, pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park (south of L.A.), urged his supporters to use Psalm 109 to focus prayers directed at the 'enemies of God' - including the leaders of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
"Drake was urging the use of imprecatory prayer - prayers for another's misfortune of for vengeance against God's enemies..."
This may be an extreme example, and perhaps it does not meet the approval of many evangelists, but sometimes it takes an extreme example to make a point, and that point provides a perfectly clear answer to Troy's question.
Another question it raises, however, is: Why do many evangelicals - who purport to love our freedoms, even to the extent of exporting them to other countries - represent the major obstacle to "Freedom of Religion" in this country?...