Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Religious Left is Back

a great article in today's Washington Post about the revival of religion on the political left. this is what drives the religous left:

Religious liberals say their faith compels them to emphasize such issues as poverty, affordable health care and global warming. Disillusionment with the war in Iraq and opposition to Bush administration policies on secret prisons and torture have also fueled the movement.
My question is, where are the religious Americans who care about BOTH poverty, affordable health care, global warming, AND are pro-family, anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, etc.? If that party ever shows up, I'd be its first member. The Christian Right has been terrible in its actions and words, very divisive, and frankly un-Christian. The Left abandoned God in the 60s and 70s. Those are the stereotypes. Both sides need to realize that in order to be complete, they need the other. That's the real irony of the divisive politics played by both sides these days.
The Rev. Joseph W. Daniels Jr., senior pastor of Emory United Methodist Church in Northwest Washington, said a key question for him is whether the religious left will become "the polar opposite to . . . the religious right" or be "a voice in the middle." "What this country needs is strong spiritual leadership that is willing to build bridges. We don't need leaders who are lightning bolts for division and dissension," he said.
I quote again President Gordon B. Hinckley, prophet of the Lord:
Why do any of us have to be so mean and unkind to others? Why can't all of us reach out in friendship to everyone about us? Why is there so much bitterness and animosity? It is not a part of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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