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Dr. Anthony "Tony" Campolo is an American pastor, author, sociologist, and public speaker known for challenging Evangelical Christians by illustrating how their faith can offer solutions in a world of complexity.
(1935 - )

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And we've got to ask ourselves some very serious questions as to whether or not certain religious leaders, in terms of raising money - I hate to bring this up - are pushing hot buttons.
 

But I contend that if we're providing total medical coverage for every man, woman, and child in Iraq, shouldn't we at least be doing the same thing for every man, woman, and child in the United States?
 

But I think it's up to a local congregation to determine whether or not a marriage should be blessed of God. And it shouldn't be up to the government.
[Blessed]
 

I contend that Bush would be a lot more moderate if there weren't some fundamentalists breathing down his neck every time he wants to establish the state of Israel, every time he wants to do justice for the Palestinian people.
 

I contend that it's impossible to read the Sermon on the Mount and not come out against capital punishment.
[Against]
 

I contend that, in spite of all that might be said about Watergate, Richard Nixon was good for the poor people of America.
[America]
 

I contend the state ought to do its thing and provide legal rights for all couples who want to be joined together for life. The church should bless unions that it sees fit to bless, and they should be called marriages.
 

I don't know of many evangelicals who want to deny gay couples their legal rights. However, most of us don't want to call it marriage, because we think that word has religious connotations, and we're not ready to see it used in ways that offend us.
 

I teach at Eastern University, which is highly committed to doing work among the poor and the oppressed peoples of the world. We have a special commitment to the city.
 

I think it goes back to the fact that the evangelical community often does not have a biblical vision of God.
 

I think the real place where most evangelicals have trouble with the Democratic Party is on the issue of abortion.
 

I think the time has come for the United States to do even-handed justice.
 

I think there are other issues that the Democrats could use to rally evangelicals. There are a lot of us, for instance, who believe that the Bible calls us to be environmentally responsible.
 

I'm a minister, and I serve as a minister in addition to being a university professor.
 

If America is too arrogant, too prideful to repent, it's not the kind of country that God wants it to be.
[America]
 

In short, I'm not sure that the abortion problem can be solved by legislation. I think it can only be solved through moral persuasion.
 

My theology is such that the God who loves Israel and will not forsake Israel - which is why I want to see Israel have a secure nation with secure borders - also loves the Palestinians.
 

Of the 22 industrialized nations of the world, we're dead last in per capita giving to poor people.
 

Prior to ROE V. WADE, abortions were common even though they were illegal. I don't think making them illegal again is going to solve the problem.
 

So after the Lewinsky scandal, everything changed, and we moved from using the Bible to address the moral issues of our time, which were social, to moral issues of our time that were very personal. I have continued that relationship up until the present.
 


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