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PASTOR’S CALL TO ARMS

A sense of political urgency is surfacing in the faith community. In Touch Ministries founder Charles Stanley is encouraging Americans “to get down on their knees to pray, then get up on their feet and become involved,” to reverse a worrisome tide of events.

Mr. Stanley outlines his plan in “Turning the Tide: Real Hope, Real Change,” a book to be published in late June. He insists our country turn away from one that “is headed for financial bankruptcy, is becoming more and more taxed with government programs that benefit only those in leadership positions, is negligent in the handling of Israel and has little regard for the innocent, especially the rights of the unborn, the elderly, and the handicapped.”

The clergyman is also convinced that the nation views “a sinless, peace-giving, benevolent Jesus as one to be vilified,” adding, “It’s time that we take responsibility for the direction of our country and become involved both at a civic level and through fervent prayer.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 71 percent of Democratic voters think that President Obama views American society as “generally fair and decent.”

• 45 percent of U.S. voters overall agree with that idea.

• 24 percent of Republican voters and 39 percent of unaffiliated voters also agree.

• 63 percent of likely U.S. voters overall believeAmerican society is generally fair and decent.

• 24 percent overall say that U.S. society is “generally unfair and discriminatory.”

• 14 percent are unsure.

• 37 percent overall say Mr. Obama thinks society is unfair and discriminatory.

• 18 percent are not sure what the president thinks.

Source: A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,00 likely U.S. voters conducted May 25-26.

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