Democrats Reconsider Progressive Religious Voice

June 9, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On June 9, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported that, "Since the rise of the Christian right in the 1970s, the mantle of faith-toned politics has been ceded largely to Republicans. Now a group of Democrats [are] eager to revive the historic role that religion has played in their party. It is launching a multi-year project Wednesday to amplify the religious roots of 'progressive' policies, ranging from the economy and environment to social issues. In a presidential election that could pivot on a few swing states, the fact that Democrats are losing the vote of regular churchgoers by a 2-to-1 margin could be decisive... It's not the first time that Democrats have tried to revive their religious roots. In 1992, President Clinton backed a constitutional amendment to return voluntary prayer to public schools - a rallying point for Reagan Republicans. New Democrats supported [such] faith-based initiatives."