NAE rebuffs critics, affirming Cizik and a wider agenda

Caring for the environment, condemning torture
The National Association of Evangelicals has affirmed its stance on caring for the environment—indirectly rebuffing complaints that its vice president for governmental affairs is too engaged in environmental issues—and endorsed a statement condemning torture.

Focus on the Family chair James Dobson and two dozen other evangelical leaders had asked the NAE board to oust Vice President Richard Cizik because of his “relentless campaign” against human-induced global warming.

NAE interim president Leith Anderson said no formal response was taken by the group’s board of directors. Anderson noted before the directors’ meeting that none of those seeking a change are members of the NAE, an evangelical umbrella group.

“I affirmed him [Cizik] and I’ve done that publicly and in the board meeting, and there was a lot of affirmation of Rich Cizik at the board meeting,” Anderson said.


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