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World Visions Reversal Costs the Evangelical Movement

Post submitted by Annie Kehler, HRC Communications Intern 

Last week, World Vision USA reversed its decision to employ married gay and lesbian couples. As one of the largest charitable organizations in the world, World Visions changed their longstanding policy just three days earlier, as an attempt to be more accepting of broadening viewpoints on marriage. But the radical right backlashed immediately; creating a push back so strong, World Visions reversed their decision.

In an opinion published by CNN, Evangelical author Rachel Held Evans outlines how this perceived victory by the radical right, and others like it, have lost the evangelical movement a generation.

Throughout the piece, Evans illustrates the changes in perceptions of the evangelical community by its own children.

 “I’m going AWOL on evangelicalism's culture wars so I can get back to following Jesus among its many refugees: LGBT people, women called to ministry, artists, science-lovers, misfits, sinners, doubters, thinkers and “the least of these,” she writes. 

Click here to read Evans’ article in its entirety. 

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