Evangelicals for Human Rights

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Evangelicals for Human Rights "was founded in the summer of 2006 as an initiative of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, which was seeking to broaden its anti-torture coalition to include a larger number of evangelicals. The effort was led by a four-person committee that included David P. Gushee, Ron Sider, Glen Stassen, and Rich Cizik.

"Initially, our only goal was the drafting of a major statement about torture and human rights. This document, which eventually took the name, “An Evangelical Declaration Against Torture: Protecting Human Rights in an Age of Terror,” was drafted by 17 evangelical leaders over a nine-month period...

"The document was released in March 2007 concurrently with its adoption by the Board of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), our nation’s preeminent association of evangelical church and parachurch bodies, representing over 30,000,000 evangelical Christians. The NAE remains a strong supporter of our efforts and is fully invested in the struggle against torture...

"Our staff consists of Dr. David P. Gushee, President, Mary Head, Project Administrator, and student interns Jill Zimmer and Drew Zimmer." [1]

Steering Committee (2007-08)

Accessed December 2008: [2]

  • Rich Cizik - Vice President for Governmental Affairs, NAE
  • Timothy Floyd - Professor of Law and Director of the Law and Public Service Program, Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University
  • David P. Gushee - President, EHR, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University
  • Chuck Gutenson - Chief Operating Officer, Sojourners
  • Cheryl Bridges Johns - Professor of Discipleship and Christian Formation, Church of God Theological Seminary
  • Rick Love - Postdoctoral Fellow, Reconciliation Program, Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Yale University Divinity School
  • Ron Mahurin - Vice President for Academic Affairs, Houghton College
  • Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Jr. - President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
  • Andrew Saperstein - Associate Director, Reconciliation Program, Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Yale University Divinity School
  • Ron Sider - Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry & Public Policy; Director of the Sider Center on Ministry & Public Policy, President and Founder of Evangelicals for Social Action
  • Glen Stassen - Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Tyler Wigg Stevenson - Co-Coordinator, National Religious Partnership on the Nuclear Weapons Danger

Drafters of AN EVANGELICAL DECLARATION AGAINST TORTURE: PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS IN AN AGE OF TERROR [3]

Contact

Web: http://www.evangelicalsforhumanrights.org

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles

References

  1. Who we are, Evangelicals for Human Rights, accessed December 16, 2008.
  2. Steering Committee, Evangelicals for Human Rights, accessed December 16, 2008.
  3. Drafters, Evangelicals for Human Rights, accessed December 16, 2008.