by Dave Clark
The political correctness movement is alive and well and it is living in mainstream churches, according to Diane Alden, a conservative columnist who has written broadly on the issue of political correctness. She thinks New Age ideas are infecting church thinking.
"It is very hard to debate something that says, But we want everybody to love everybody else. We want tolerance. We want One World. We want everybody to get along,' " Alden said. "In order to get along, that oftentimes means giving up any kind of a standard."
One standard that's bending for Catholics is the issue of special rights for homosexuals. Baptists are dividing over the authority of Scripture. And recently, a minister of the Presbyterian Church of the US. even questioned the need for Christ as Savior.
"If we don't start weeding out some of these so-called leaders, we're going to see a lot of souls in jeopardy," said Nicholas Sanchez, of the Free Congress Foundation. He thinks ungodly theology yields a hellish harvest.
"It has permeated the culture, it's everywhere," Sanchez said.
Peter Marshall is sounding a wake-up call to the church: "I think far too many of us Christians are just complacent. You know, we're asleep in the pew and the country is literally coming apart around us."
Marshall is among leaders calling for a spiritual awakening to halt America's moral decline. Political correctness, he notes, is at the very core.
Orthodox Jews represent a notable departure from the trend. A rabbinical court in Brooklyn, N.Y., recently excommunicated Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., for his views condoning homosexual rights and abortion during the recent presidential campaign.
Churches of other politicians who hold such views have, however, remained silent. Critics compare the church's current silence to that which preceded the Jewish holocaust.