Contributor John Gehring writes that even as the Republican Party and a beleaguered Christian right struggle to find a path forward after Trump's defeat, religious progressives are already redefining the narrative around faith and politics in Washington.
In addition to publicly Catholic President Joe Biden, members of Congress now include the first Black senator from Georgia, Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church; Georgia’s first Jewish senator, Jon Ossoff and Rep. Cori Bush of St. Louis, an ordained minister and Black Lives Matter organizer.
And yet, if media and faith-based activists have been touting the existence of an emboldened religious left for at least 15 years, what is different today? Will the religious left — more a diffuse, diverse constellation of leaders and organizations than a distinct voting block — move beyond making headlines to having political juice in Washington's corridors of power?
Observers and writers who chronicle progressive religion say that if the religious left is going to remain a potent force, “a major chasm must be filled” in terms of fundraising and policymaking.