NAE official resigns over remarks

Richard Cizik, the Vice-President for Governmental Affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, has been forced to resign as a result of his comments that he is "shifting" his views on same-sex marriage.

According to an article on Christianity Today:

"'Although he has subsequently expressed regret, apologized, and affirmed our values, there is a loss of trust in his credibility as a spokesperson among leaders and constituencies,' Leith Anderson, president of the NAE wrote to board members today. Cizik did not return calls for comment.

Last year, more than two dozen evangelical leaders sought to oust Cizik, who has been vice president for 28 years, because of his 'relentless campaign' on global warming.

'For better or for worse, Rich became a great, polarizing figure,' said Charles Colson of Prison Fellowship. 'He was gradually, over a period of time, separating himself from the mainstream of evangelical belief and conviction. So I'm not surprised. I'm sorry for him, but I'm not disappointed for the evangelical movement.'"

Cizik was stated in radio interview on December 2nd when asked about same-sex marriages, "I'm shifting, I have to admit. In other words, I would willingly say that I believe in civil unions. I don't officially support redefining marriage from its traditional definition, I don't think."

Read the full article here.

Comments (2)

Yet more proof that capital "E" Evangelicalism is splintered dead-wood.

Richard C, the Episcopal Church welcomes YOU!

JC Fisher

While I am somewhat surprised by Mr. Cozik's opinion on civil unions, and commend him for being more in touch with the times than other evangelicals, I am completely ignorant of the connection of global warming with religion. Can anyone explain it?

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