Danforth on Religion in Politics

Episcopal priest, former UN ambassador,
former Senator and diplomat John Danforth says the mixing of religion and
politics will result in people rejecting a sectarian political
party.

John Danforth, Episcopal priest, former UN ambassador, former Senator and diplomat, says the mixing of religious fundamentalism with Republican party politics will result in people rejecting a sectarian political party.

Danforth is joined by former President Jimmy Carter in critiquing the blending of politics and religion. Both warn that the culture wars are contributing to a harshness of tone and harmful division in the society.

And both express concern about the view of religion that is presented by the merger of right-wing politics and evangelical Christians. Blogger Andrew Sullivan writes that the current identification of Christians with religious fundamentalists (his description, not mine) ignores a wide range of Christian belief that is less overtly political, imbued with a sense of certainty, more tolerant and humble.

It’s a point that has long been recognized by those of us who feel our voices aren’t being heard in the national conversation. Perhaps Danforth and Carter can bring some attention to this moderate and often-ignored constituency.

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