Young evangelical backs out of convention prayer

Friday, August 22, 2008 – 9:00 a.m.

I am posting the article below because Relevant Magazine is well known in Christian publishing circles, and one that we pitch products to quite often. It’s also interesting that according to the article, Cameron Strang, editor of Relevant, changed his party affiliation from Republican to independent just this week. If you wish to read more about the growth of independents within evangelical circles, you may wish to read “We the Purple: Faith, Politics, and the Independent Voter” by Marcia Ford.

“I am every partisan politician’s worst nightmare–a registered independent,” says journalist Marcia Ford. “Wildly unpredictable in my voting habits over the last three decades, I have cast ballots for Democrats, Republicans, independents and assorted loose cannons.”

Young evangelical backs out of convention prayer
By ERIC GORSKI – 5 hours ago

DENVER (AP) — It was a coup for Democrats: An emerging young evangelical voice, a registered Republican no less, accepted their invitation to deliver a prayer at next week’s Democratic National Convention.
But Cameron Strang, the 32-year-old editor of edgy and hip Relevant Magazine, had second thoughts and pulled out of delivering the benediction on the convention’s first night, Monday. Citing fears that his bridge-building gesture would be wrongly construed as an endorsement, Strang said he instead hopes to take a lower-profile role, participating in a convention caucus meeting on religion later in the week.
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hoQpOjTqHU0HXKqy23RdnjkNDsbQD92N7LJO0