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1. Focus on the Family veep: "We applaud the NAE's decision"
Time magazine is overloaded with good religion stories this week, from its cover story on the Bible in public schools, to Joe Klein's item on "Second Commandment Republicans," to ministry in New Orleans, to the marketing of monk-made liqueur, to the drop in religion web traffic. Hooray for Time.

Newsweek counters with America's top 50 rabbis. But its real scoop might be in its letters pages. Tom Minnery, Focus on the Family's senior vice president for government and public policy, responds to Lisa Miller's recent piece, "Tree Hugger," on the Focus-circulated letter against Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals.

"[A]lthough most in the media failed to note it, the board reiterated its support for a broader social agenda than just the single issue of global warming Cizik has been emphasizing," Minnery wrote. "We applaud that decision. In fact, we assisted the NAE in writing its well-rounded 'Call to Civic Responsibility' two years ago."

Minnery's statement is worth noting precisely because the letter criticizes a broad social agenda. "Cizik and others are using the global warming controversy to shift the emphasis away from the great moral issues of our time, notably the sanctity of human life, the integrity of marriage, and the teaching of sexual abstinence and morality to our children," the letter states.

Minnery is not the only one saying that it's Cizik, not James Dobson and the other signatories, who are pushing for a narrow or even single-issue agenda. His statement echoes the assertion of The Institute on Religion and Democracy that "the issue that gets more attention than any other is the environment—especially global warming." It offers ...

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