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Tue Apr 21, 2020, 02:16 PM

How a rally for the right in Charlottesville emboldened a resurgent Religious Left

From the article:

The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming book "American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country" by author and Religion News Service reporter Jack Jenkins.

The book, which publishes on April 21 with HarperOne, offers a sweeping look at the modern Religious Left, uncovering untold or long-ignored stories of how faith-rooted liberals have made a lasting impact on contemporary progressive causes. The text below is adapted from its fifth chapter, which focuses on the intersection of religion, race, and the Black Lives Matter movement.


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https://religionnews.com/2020/04/17/how-a-rally-for-the-right-in-charlottesville-emboldened-a-reviving-religious-left/

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2020, 11:04 AM

1. There are many today who don't know

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or have forgotten that many social justice issues and civil rights activities either began in or were supported by religious organizations and individuals. King was an ordained Christian minister. Lawyers and students from northern states who went south to help with desegregation and voting rights were often Jewish. There were clergy who led anti war demonstrations.

In the 19th century, Quakers, who are pacifist Christians, led the abolitionist movement in America and worked with African Americans on the Underground Railroad.

The fact that some Christian practices in America have done much harm to minorities and women does not negate the good things that many of them have accomplished.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #1)

Mon May 4, 2020, 12:57 PM

2. Agreed.

And the Berrigan brothers, both RCC priests, were very active in social justice issues. As well, the entire concept of Liberation Theology is based on a very progressive philosophy that is in line with the message of Jesus.

Today, Reverend William Barber might be the best known progressive Christian Minister in the nation.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #2)

Mon May 4, 2020, 04:03 PM

3. I'm not familiar with Dr. Barber.

Do you have any links about him?

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Response to wnylib (Reply #3)

Mon May 4, 2020, 04:18 PM

4. I have posted about him here.

I can look.

Here is one link:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1218322010

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