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On Friday, a year after Bush declared that the violence in Sudan was genocidal, the VP of the National Assn. of Evangelicals wrote that "the Bush Administration... has not done nearly enough" about it. The wisdom of a Friday press release notwithstanding, the press didn't pay it much mind. The Revealer comments:

"A leader of the nation's largest evangelical organization sharply chastises Bush for his failure to act in a crisis situation. The dreaded g-word -- genocide -- is deployed. And the press says... no big deal. This isn't New Orleans, of course, but a tragedy even more awful: the violence in Sudan."

"The Save Darfur Coalition seems like the real deal. And when Rich Cizik, a long-time veteran of Christian conservative politics and a man known as honest broker, declares that the Bush administration is falling down on the job, that's news. Because genocide should always be news; and because American responses to international atrocities are determined by domestic politics. Cizik's announcement should be heard as a seismic rumble. Christian conservative activists are growing more and more frustrated with the Bush-led G.O.P., not just on issues such as abortion, where Bush strikes them as too liberal, but on issues that cross party lines. Like, you know, stopping the murder of half a million people." (The Revealer)

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