Political Advocacy Tracker is a roundup of what Christian activist organizations have been talking about over the last week.

Civility 'Key to our Political Salvation'

Sojourners president Jim Wallis thinks everyone—particularly Christians—need a more civil political engagement.

"Civility may not be sexy, but it is now key to our political salvation," said Wallis.

Wallis put his call for civility to the test when Fox News host Glenn Beck (once again) compared Wallis to a Nazi. Wallis responded by asking readers to petition the cable news channel to consider dropping Beck "for the sake of truth and civility."

In April, Wallis was one of about one hundred religious leaders to sign a covenant for civility even though they disagree on matters of faith or politics. Sojourners is now framing all of its election coverage as its "Truth and Civility Election Watch."

But not all political disputes take place on the campaign trail or on cable news. Some occur between activists. 

Case in point: Buster Wilson, networks general manager for American Family Radio, said that Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, was promoting Islam.

Land is a member of the Anti-Defamation League's new Interfaith Coalition on Mosques. The coalition states that it believes "the best way to uphold America's democratic values is to ensure that Muslims can exercise the same religious freedom enjoyed by everyone in America. They deserve nothing less than to have a place of worship like everyone else." The coalition does, however, recognize that the building of mosques and other places of worship is not an absolute right; groups must adhere to all laws and zoning ordinances.

In an interview with WorldNetDaily, ...

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