Religious Liberals Gain New Visibility With A Different List Of Moral Issues

Saturday’s Washington Post:

The religious left is back.

Long overshadowed by the Christian right, religious liberals across a wide swath of denominations are engaged today in their most intensive bout of political organizing and alliance-building since the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements of the 1960s, according to scholars, politicians and clergy members.

In large part, the revival of the religious left is a reaction against conservatives’ success in the 2004 elections in equating moral values with opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

Religious liberals say their faith compels them to emphasize such issues as poverty, affordable health care and global warming….

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Author: HOLLY IN CINCINNATI, Copy Editor

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  • http://jpsgoddamnblog.blogspot.com JP

    I suggested a couple of months ago that the spiritual left (including those “spiritual but not religious) may be the key to the Dems’ 2006 success. This adds a bit of validation to my theory..

  • Pyst

    Damn nice to see this happening.

    Ramen

  • Kim Ritter

    The biggest turnoff about the Conservatives is their claim to have the moral upper hand, while promoting many decidedly uncharitable policies, which they have tried to force down our collective throats. I have been waiting for a backlash from those who extoll true Christian values-of treating one’s neighbor as one would like to be treated, and tending to the poor and the sick.

  • Roberto

    As a member of the so-called “religious left,” I agree that it can counter the “religious right” but I don’t see it becoming as intertwined with the Dems or the left as the religious right has with the Reps. As a UU (Unitarian-Universalist), a key element of our church is each person’s freedom to find their own path. That means that, while members of the religious right may gravitate towards the Reps because their dogma or creed are consistent, the religious liberals will support Dems, or Greens, or even Reps, as long as they address their concerns for social justice, the environment, etc.