On the left and right, activists are driven by religious convictions

Strong convictions, different positions
Long-held assumptions about religious activists on the left and right have been confirmed in a new 40-page report issued in mid-September: the only thing both sides seem to have in common is that faith is a big part of their lives—bigger than among the general public.

Beyond that, the two poles differ dramatically on political priorities and biblical interpretation.

If you’re a male evangelical who reads the Bible literally and views fighting abortion and same-sex marriage as the top political priorities, you’re more likely to be a conservative religious activist.

On the other hand, if you’re a woman who attends a mainline Protestant church, holds an expansive view of scripture and thinks health care and poverty are top priorities, you’re more likely to be labeled a progressive religious activist.


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