The Common Good

Religious Right Still Lacking a Champion in 2012 Field

Source: The Atlantic
Date: November 3, 2011

"Democrats for years were just shooting themselves in the foot with evangelicals" by positioning themselves as "secular fundamentalists," said Jim Wallis, the evangelical activist regarded as the leader of the social justice-focused "religious left," who appeared on the panel with Land. Obama, Wallis said, changed that with his emphasis on a moral vision for policy, and it was a key part of his victory in 2008.

While Wallis and land argued vigorously over economic policy along conventional partisan lines, they agreed that people of faith shouldn't avoid the political arena -- a view that's gained ground in recent decades in a community that was once told not to be worldly.