Newsweek interviews Richard Cizik, an evangelical leader pushed out of the National Association of Evangelicals after saying in an interview that he supported civil unions and had voted for Obama in the Virginia primary:
After a year of keeping a low profile, Cizik is “making a comeback,” as he puts it. This week he announces the formation of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, a group devoted to developing Christian responses to global and political issues such as environmentalism, nuclear disarmament, human rights, and dialogue with the Muslim world. Cizik’s partners in this effort are David Gushee, a professor of Christian ethics at Mercer University who has written extensively on torture, and Steven D. Martin, a pastor and filmmaker. For years, Cizik has been saying that the evangelical right needs to reframe its politics, to walk away from divisive name calling and find common ground with opponents, even on hot-button issues like abortion and gay marriage.