The fact is that religious liberals have been active for a long time. For a depressing but provocative look at the declining influence of mainline Protestantism, check out Jody Bottum’s essay in First Things. But the religious left didn’t just crop up in the last four years. Jim Wallis is not new to the political scene. He started Sojourners in 1971. It would be nice if all the coverage of the “new” religious left had some historical perspective.
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