Progressive Interfaith Rally in Washington, D.C.

June 10, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

On June 10, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "More than 350 political liberals of many faiths gathered in Washington yesterday to begin what some pollsters say is a quixotic task: restoring the voice of the religious left in the nation's political debate. ' Progressive religious voices, which historically have fueled so much social change in this country, seem to have been washed out of the public dialogue in recent years,' said John D. Podesta, a Roman Catholic who was White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton... There were sobering reflections on why the religious left lost its prominence after the 1970s and how hard it may be to regain it. At the core of those concerns was a simple set of statistics, reinforced by numerous polls: People who say they are frequent churchgoers vote Republican by a ratio of about 2 to 1."