High Noon for the Religious Left

The religious left is the Sasquatch of American politics. It leaves footprints in the snow but recent sightings of the creature itself are rare, and not always credible.

Progressive politics is dominated by secular ideals and, increasingly, secular voters. In recent decades, the words "Christian" and "evangelical" have been commandeered as synonyms for "white conservative." Religious liberals never achieved the power of their conservative opposites. In a bit of denominational trash talk, Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, said to the Atlantic in 2013: "Where are the Unitarian mega-churches, the Episcopalian church-planting movements?"

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