Check out another very interesting exploration of the Akinola/Radical American Conservative Connection on Political Spaghetti -- a new-to-me blog recommended by the Senior Warden of a clergy colleague. (See also: It Takes A Village!)
Here's a brief excerpt (my favorite part is the Tony Campolo quote at the end!):
The AAC as an umbrella group for American conservative Anglicanism, has historical and present ties with the Institute on Religion and Democracy (or IRD), a conservative political group devoted to supporting evangelical Christianity as part of movement conservatism. The IRD has received considerable support ($4,679,000 between 1985 and 2005) from The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Richard Mellon Scaife via the Carthage Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundaiton, and the Scaife Family Foundation, the Randolph Foundation, the Castle Rock Foundation (the Coors family), and others.
This is not to say that all AAC members are hard-core conservative Republicans -- they may have no political affiliation at all. However, we must take for granted that the movement is driven (or at least heavily supported by in-kind contributions -- for example, the IRD and AAC websites used to be identically formatted, and their offices were in adjacent suites in an I St. office building in northwest Washington, DC) by a political and social agenda effectively separate from the movement of expanding evangelicalism in the Global South.
The IRD board is populated by such conservative luminaries as Mary Ellen Bork, Fred Barnes, author of "Rebel in Chief", Richard J. Neuhaus, Michael Novak, and is advised by conservative radio talk-show host Michael Medved, a group that spends little time evangelizing in Kenya.
The radical conservative agenda of this melding of religion and politics dirties religion immensely. Like Tony Campolo has said,
When government and church begin to mix, you got a problem. It's like mixing ice cream with horse manure: You will not ruin the horse manure, but it will ruin the ice cream. I think to mix the church and state is to, in fact, put the church in a compromising position.
Bingo. The separation of church and state serves not just to protect our democratic system of government from those with theocratic designs it also serves to protect the independent voice of the prophetic church called to speak truth to power when elected officials fail to serve the common good. That's the challenge we're facing here at All Saints Church as we continue to deal with the IRS inquiry re: our commitment to preaching peace in and out of the election season.