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Pete Buttigieg just raised an oft-overlooked topic: the religious left's role in politics

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Pete Buttigieg just raised an oft-overlooked topic: the religious left’s role in politics
By John Gallagher ·
Saturday, March 23, 2019

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“The idea that the only way a religious person could enter politics is through the religious right — I just don’t think that makes sense. What could be more different than the message I take from my faith and what we’re being shown in Washington right now?” Buttigieg said this week on Morning Joe.

“I think a lot of people wonder where they fit, either because who they are, if you’re a member of the LGBTQ community like I am, or because of what you believe politically,” Buttigieg went on. “I think the time has come for more of a religious left to emerge in our country, that let’s people know that they aren’t alone when they look at faith and think that teaches us to reach out to others, to humble ourselves, to take care of the immigrant, the prisoner, and frankly the sex worker.”


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But there are liberal believers, like Buttigieg, and even liberal evangelicals. Their faith leads them to embrace progressive policies, including LGBTQ rights, which is embraced by 5,000 churches nationwide.

None of this is to suggest that liberals want to erase the separation of Church and state. (On the other hand, the religious right considers that principle a myth.) Buttigieg prefaced his remarks to emphasize the importance of maintaining that wall.

Reclaiming (or more accurately, rescuing) the language of faith from the right is a noble cause. When he was president, Barack Obama spoke about the importance of faith. But Buttigieg is taking it one step further, talking about how faith can bring people into politics.

Just as significant is that Buttigieg says the president has to represent people of no faith. Despite the enduring image of Americans as people of faith, even the religious right is shrinking and the number of people who profess no faith is growing. Not coincidentally, that group is actually much more likely to support LGBTQ rights.

Whether anyone other than Buttigieg will continue this conversation is up for grabs. But the fact that Buttigieg raised it at all underscores just why he’s burning up the media race right now. Talking in plain language about important issues is one of his strengths. What’s setting him apart is talking about them in a way no one else does.
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Reply Pete Buttigieg just raised an oft-overlooked topic: the religious left's role in politics (Original post)
babylonsister Mar 2019 OP
mahina Mar 2019 #1
Blue_true Mar 2019 #2
Lazy Daisy Mar 2019 #3
Capt. America Mar 2019 #4
Stonepounder Mar 2019 #5
JudyM Mar 2019 #6

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2019, 10:55 PM

1. I looked for a liberal church and joined last year. We house and feed homeless families and organiz

 

Organize for social justice issues.

Every week our time together heals my heart.

Never thought I’d go back to church as an adult but here I am and I’m staying.

When I invite friends, the word “church” brings right wing images. Nothing could be further from reality. Those who’ve come have been lifted.

We’re open to all beliefs and religions and those who don’t do religion, like me.
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Sat Mar 23, 2019, 11:17 PM

2. Hillary is said to be a devoutly religious Methodist.

 

But she has never worn her religious faith on her sleeve. I think that is the difference between religious democratic officeholders and republican ones and between democratic leaning religious people and their republican counterparts.
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Sat Mar 23, 2019, 11:24 PM

3. Oh hell

 

He's got some huge cajones going there. Love it! If he's not careful he might redefine American Christianity. (wouldn't that be nice)
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Sun Mar 24, 2019, 01:08 AM

4. Although I am an atheist, the way that I interpret Christ's teaching is that he was a super leftist.

 

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Response to Capt. America (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 01:55 AM

5. My goodness! Does he mean that churches that actually preach the

 

teachings of Christ should make a resurgence? That they teach the NEW Testament and if they must cherry-pick, pick from the quotes that say love thy neighbor, suffer the children to come unto me, that told the rich that it was easier to get through the eye of the needle than to enter into the kingdom of Heaven, feed the hungry, minister to the sick, visit the infirm, and don't worry about a person's skin color or their country of origin? You mean that Christianity?

This guy is a real radical!!
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Sun Mar 24, 2019, 02:22 PM

6. The Network of Spiritual Progressives has been working on this for some years.

 

Faith is important to huge numbers of voters so we’d be wise to vociferously challenge the right’s narrative of the meaning of faith to our politics/governing.
https://spiritualprogressives.org
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