How Come Nobody Ever Talks About the Religious Left?

Good question I must say. The main reason I bring this up is because my wife knew nothing but super extreme fundies growing up, so she had an incredibly negative association with all things Christianity. I actually had to explain to her that no, not all religious people are fucking nuts. I went to church every week as a kid. It was the most normal shit in the universe. Nobody taught me to hate anyone or that abortion was murder or any of that shit. We helped out at soup kitchens and read the Bible and I didn’t mind going because there were cute girls there from other schools. I had to continually remind her that her totally normal pot smoking aunt and uncle who she loves go to church regularly before she got it.

You can’t lump extremists in with everyone else. It actually annoys me a bit how the Temple of Satan brag about how they do some charity and political work. Yeah, not nearly as much as progressive Christian organizations though. Not even close. Get off your goth condescending high horses. What’s going on currently in politics is a spiritual crisis and a lot of Christians absolutely get this. (from Reuters):

“Since President Donald Trump’s election, monthly lectures on social justice at the 600-seat Gothic chapel of New York’s Union Theological Seminary have been filled to capacity with crowds three times what they usually draw.

In January, the 181-year-old Upper Manhattan graduate school, whose architecture evokes London’s Westminster Abbey, turned away about 1,000 people from a lecture on mass incarceration. In the nine years that Reverend Serene Jones has served as its president, she has never seen such crowds.

“The election of Trump has been a clarion call to progressives in the Protestant and Catholic churches in America to move out of a place of primarily professing progressive policies to really taking action,” she said.

Although not as powerful as the religious right, which has been credited with helping elect Republican presidents and boasts well-known leaders such as Christian Broadcasting Network founder Pat Robertson, the “religious left” is now slowly coming together as a force in U.S. politics.

This disparate group, traditionally seen as lacking clout, has been propelled into political activism by Trump’s policies on immigration, healthcare and social welfare, according to clergy members, activists and academics. A key test will be how well it will be able to translate its mobilization into votes in the 2018 midterm congressional elections.

“It’s one of the dirty little secrets of American politics that there has been a religious left all along and it just hasn’t done a good job of organizing,” said J. Patrick Hornbeck II, chairman of the theology department at Fordham University, a Jesuit school in New York.

 “It has taken a crisis, or perceived crisis, like Trump’s election to cause folks on the religious left to really own their religion in the public square,” Hornbeck said.

Religious progressive activism has been part of American history. Religious leaders and their followers played key roles in campaigns to abolish slavery, promote civil rights and end the Vietnam War, among others. The latest upwelling of left-leaning religious activism has accompanied the dawn of the Trump presidency.”

From Reuters

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