Why We Need Evangelicals



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The problem here....

...is the word "evangelism" has been coopted by religious extremists. Today, you use it in casual conversation, and people think it means telling people what to think and who to vote for. I agree with the sentiments, but, lost cause, Bro! Take heart though: The late Billy Lee Brammler's wonderful novel - his only one, as far as I know, prior to his untimely death - is called "The Gay Place," and it is a sort of genre like Robert Penn Warren's "All The King's Men" of a political player player named Arthur Fenstermaker who is loosely based on Lyndon Baines Johnson, through the eyes of an idealistic aide, as Brammler himself was to LBJ. While its tile, "The Gay Place," referred to the politics of joy as practiced by a master, and the place in the title was the U.S. Senate, often it gets dismissed as an LGBT topic, even though it is not. As Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons sang "What are words for, when no one listens anymore?" What indeed?

George Nixon Shuler more than 4 years ago

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