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  •  Evangelicals / Southern Baptists -- (7+ / 0-)

    another once powerful faction exploited by the GOP for political purposes which is now dragging the party into the pits.  They were the tea party "patriots" before the modern tea party racists.

    Remember Fallwell's "Moral Majority"?  Yeah, those bigots who sanctimoniously persecuted single mothers, gays and lesbians, and ridiculed peace activists, environmentalists, union workers, and just about every other American who did not meet their ultra conservative religious agenda....remember them?

    Reagan and Bush 41 milked them for cold political gain.  Atwater and Rove cynically drove them to the polls.

    Sorry Erick, your stuck with those bastards.  Don't come crying to the rest of us for the mess you guys made.

    •  But (3+ / 0-)
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      There were and are other evangelicals and Baptists from the South (even if no longer part of the Southern Baptist Convention) who never went along with the Religious Right or the GOP.  Remember Jimmy Carter? Bill Moyer? Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, founder of The Interfaith Alliance--the counter to the "Christian" Coalition which defends religious liberty, pluralism, human rights, and democracy.  

      Bill Clinton and Al Gore are Baptists.  So is Rev. Dr. Dave Gushee, who founded Evangelicals for Human Rights to respond to W's pro-torture regime and which has evolved into the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good.

      Don't paint all with the same broad brush.

      "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War.

      by SouthernLeveller on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 01:19:57 PM PDT

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      •  there is no organized Religious Left (0+ / 0-)

        There's no systematic top-down effort to conflate Christian morality and practice with liberal/progressive politics, never mind with the Democratic Party.

        When's the last time somebody said: "Vote Democrat or burn in Hell!"?

        Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

        by Visceral on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 01:53:21 PM PDT

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        •  Top-down? (1+ / 0-)
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          In the Catholic world...have you been paying attention to Pope Francis lately?

          And the Protestant world rejects "top-down" by definition. But as far as bottom-up, or middle-out, there's plenty going on. A small sample:

          http://sojo.net/

          http://www.cpcatlanta.org/...

          http://www.stlukesatlanta.org/...

          http://www.nytimes.com/...

          http://en.wikipedia.org/...

          "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

          by HeyMikey on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 03:39:55 PM PDT

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        •  Partly true (0+ / 0-)

          The Religious Left is not as organized as the RR.  And most people prefer that churches, synagogues, etc. NOT be simply a lobby or special interest group of a political party.

          There has always been a religious center as well as a religious left.  And no one WANTS any preacher to say, "Vote Democratic or burn in hell!" If anyone said something like that from the pulpit of my church, there'd be a mass exodus.

          And as a Free Church Protestant, I reject top-down organizations altogether.

          "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War.

          by SouthernLeveller on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 04:41:41 PM PDT

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