Liberal faith leaders aim to be 'prophetic'

D.C. strategy session in election aftermath
Religious leaders who mounted an unsuccessful bid to resurrect progressive values in the 2004 elections are saying they refuse to yield the “moral high ground” to conservative Christians. They may even cast new efforts in “prophetic” terms, rather than stick with “progressive” as a meaningful adjective.

More than two dozen Jewish and Christian progressive faith leaders ended a two-day strategy session in Washington, D.C., assessing an election aftermath in which voters citing “moral values” often backed President Bush—however flawed the exit poll questions might have been.

Convened by the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, the participants said they must refocus on the spiritual roots of their agenda, not allow “moral values” to be defined solely around gay marriage and abortion, and relate “values” to issues of health care, education and the environment.

 

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