Religion and politics
March 14, 2006
The Green Knight tracks a food-fight about religion and politics across the blogosphere in a great post, penned (as it were) by one of the blogosphere's most thoughtful religious liberals. He starts at Amy Sullivan, whose comment regarding Senator Brownbeck seemed to start the latest round.
Finally, a religious candidate who actually deserves the scorn of the knee-jerk left.Notes the Knight:
It was a fairly dopey quip made in passing, but it prompted a very good response from Digby, who pointed out that in fact, there are plenty of religious people whom the left have supported politically. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a non-religious person whom the left has supported.From there, he takes us by way of Steve Waldman, Atrios, and Avedon Carol, Faithful Progressive, and back to Atrios again. If, by now, your head is spinning, fear not. The Knight is about to ground us all again.
I too have made the mistake of thinking that there is hostility in the establishment left to religious people. It is indeed a mistake to think that, as Shakes, Digby, Avedon, and others have pointed out again and again. Mea culpa. It just isn't trueÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
So who's actually to blame? Well, I'm pretty sure that it's actually the right-wing corporate media. I can't help thinking about the way in which the networks refused to run those United Church of Christ ads about tolerance and neighborly love, even while cozying up continually to people like James Dobson and Pat Robertson. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ And, how much attention does a group like the Christian Alliance for Progress get compared to the cretins at Justice Sunday? You do the math.The Knight goes on to point out that some lefty bloggers charge the religious left with not being aggressive enough with their counterspin, but finds, quite rightly, that religious progressives donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fit the media script, so carelessly constructed by years of buying into the nonsensical (and flatly untrue) rightwing insistence that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got the market cornered on religion. Like many progressive voices, religious lefties face a real struggle to get past the media gatekeepers, who donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know where to put them in their well-rehearsed script that casts conservatives exclusively in religious roles.