Protestant left has 'potential' impact, says scholar

Organizing online a "clever strategy"
The Protestant left “has the potential to become a key constituency of the Democratic Party,” says a political scientist studying the growing number of faith-related progressive groups in the U.S.

Though socially liberal Protestants have been outpaced by conservative religious movements since the 1980s, Laura R. Olson of Clemson University told an annual conference of sociologists of religion before this month’s mid-term elections that “times always change.”

Despite their difficulties of coordination and mobilization, which might force “religio-political progressives to remain as they are now—working behind the scenes,” Olson said history shows that new opportunities arise with cultural and political shifts.


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