Sunday, March 06, 2005

The Christian Closet

Amy Sullivan reviews the latest Jim Wallis book, God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It in the latest issue of The Washington Monthly.

A couple of tidbits I found interesting:

To liberals who believe that religion has no place in public life, Wallis argues that “God is personal, but never private,” citing Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Joshua Heschel, and other moral crusaders whose names warm the hearts of good lefties.


At the same time, the religious left, once a powerful actor in liberal politics (think abolition, suffrage, the progressive era, civil rights), began to decline....As groups like the Christian Coalition and Moral Majority became ever more vocal and visible, the conventional wisdom that to be religious and in politics was to be conservative hardened, and—with a few notable exceptions, such as Mario Cuomo and Bill Clinton—religious progressives stayed in the closet. [My empshasis]


With the stakes high for issues they care about, religious progressives may have to set aside the pristine white choir robes for a time and get their hands dirty in practical politics.

Since I have to finish working, I'll save my comments for another day. Be on the lookout next month for an Amy Sullivan appearance in The Stanford Progressive.


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