And the candidates answered in the old familiar way: "Yes, maintaining the political diversity of our congregations is very, very important." I think Jim Key even went so far as to say that religion and politics are separate things.
They are not; they never were.
If the things that we religious liberals care about most deeply were held equally by both political parties, we could continue to act as though belonging to either party was just a personal preference that didn't much matter. But that is not true, and we know it.
What religious liberals value and what contemporary political conservatism values are so in conflict that it is hard to be both.
After all, these are the views of political conservatives these days:
- US Muslims are a potential national security threat
- People of color have been given too much and are now privileged over whites
- public safety will be enhanced if everybody is armed with a concealed weapon
- income and wealth inequality is not a problem
- voting is too easy
- too many people have too much health insurance
- climate change is hoax
- drill, baby, drill should be our energy policy
- women want abortions to escape the consequences of their sexual misconduct
- social security is too generous
- the minimum wage is too high
- the wealthy don't have enough money; the poor have too much.