Opinion: Democrats Shouldn't Let Republicans Have Monopoly on Religion in Politics

December 30, 2003

Source: Tikkun


On December 30, 2003 Tikkun ran a column by Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners magazine, on the role of religion in the 2004 presidential election. Wallis writes, "An overwhelming majority of Americans consider themselves to be religious. Yet according to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, people who attend church more than once a week vote Republican by 63 percent to 37 percent; people who seldom or never attend vote Democratic by 62 percent to 38 percent. This disparity should concern Democrats if not as a matter of faith then as a matter of politics. More important, it should concern anyone who cares about the role of religion in public life. By failing to engage Republicans in this debate, the Democrats impoverish us all...For too many Democrats, faith is private and has no implications for political life. But what kind of faith is that? Where would America be if the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had kept his faith to himself?"