Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Colo. Springs' evangelical image out of focus, officials believe
By Erin Emery
Denver Post Staff Writer

Colorado Springs - U.S. News has dubbed Colorado Springs the "Vatican of evangelical Christianity." The Los Angeles Times proclaimed it "ground zero" for the religious right, and Harper's magazine characterized the city as a "utopia in the making" for evangelicals.

While Colorado Springs is home to more than 100 evangelical Christian groups, from mom-and-pop outfits to the powerful Focus on the Family led by James Dobson, longtime residents and city insiders say the perception of evangelical domination is an oversimplification that has harmed the community economically, keeping businesses, medical professionals and tourists away.

Even the Rev. Ted Haggard, the pastor of the 11,000-member New Life Church who as president of the National Association of Evangelicals frequently talks to White House officials, thinks the perception is off the mark.



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