Religious Left Responds to Election 2004

November 6, 2004

Source: Yahoo News/ AP

On November 6, 2004 Yahoo News/ AP reported that, "more liberal believers ... found [the election 2004] results deeply disconcerting, but also saw them as a call to action. 'This election confirmed that we are a divided nation, not only politically but in terms of our interpretation of God's will,' said the Rev. Robert Edgar, a former Democratic congressman and general secretary of the National Council of Churches. The Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State put it more starkly. 'The culture war may go nuclear,' he said, as 'millions of Americans oppose the theocratic agenda of the Religious Right.' The problem, said Rabbi Michael Lerner of Tikkun magazine, is that too many fellow liberals are 'trapped in a long-standing disdain for religion and tone-deaf to the spiritual needs that underlie the move to the right.' They need to shed a core belief that Bush voters 'are fundamentally stupid or evil.' The left, he and others argue, has to show the religious basis for its policy positions and not let the right define morality."