Mennonites may be interested in the following article about new monastic Shane Claiborne, who was scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the 2011 National Youth Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches this April 16-19.
by Mark Tooley, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy
April 15, 2011
Self-professed “urban monastic” Evangelical Leftist Shane Claiborne has publicly announced his withholding 30 percent of his taxes to protest all U.S. defense spending. A strict pacifist who was in Baghdad in 2003 to protest the U.S. liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein, Claiborne is an icon for young evangelicals opposed to the American “empire.”
“While I am glad to contribute money to the common good and towards things that promote life and dignity, especially for the poor and most vulnerable people among us, I am deeply concerned that 30 percent of the federal budget goes towards military spending, with 117 billion going to support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” he explained in his recent letter to the IRS….
Mark Tooley concludes that most Americans of faith are far more sensible and responsible than Evangelical Leftists like Claiborne. This is why Mennonites should be very concerned that he was allowed to speak at the youth conference last week and influence this generation with his innocent sounding social gospel propaganda.
*Related Menno-lite posts on Shane Claiborne:
An Ecumenical Evening With Shane Claiborne, Theme Speaker at Annual Meeting