Rev. Joel Hunter, president-elect of the Christian Coalition of America, is declining the job, saying the organization wouldn't let him expand its agenda beyond opposing abortion and gay marriage. A statement issued by the group said Hunter left because of "differences in philosophy and vision."
The second story shows(and I guess the first story does as well) how the old-school leaders of the religious right respond when prominent evangelicals don't put the issues of abortion and gay marriage above everything else.
Obama is set to attend a huge evangelical gathering in California on Dec. 1, at the invitation of megachurch Pastor Rick Warren, the evangelical superstar who wrote The Purpose-Driven Life.
But the appearance is now provoking an intense backlash from leaders of the Christian right. They are calling on Warren to disinvite Obama from the event because of his liberal positions, especially abortion rights — or as one of those leaders put it, Obama's support of "the murder of babies in the womb."
A bit of positive spin here - both stories offer indications of a transition occurring in the religious right (and more generally, the evangelical community at large) that the old guard is not very happy about: a broader vision. Oh, and I just discovered this.
UPDATE: Check out the GetReligion post and this post by Jeremy Dibbell