Liberal Christians Argue for Broader Understanding of Moral Values

November 10, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

On November 10, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "liberal Christian leaders argued yesterday that the moral values held by most Americans are much broader than the handful of issues emphasized by religious conservatives in the 2004 presidential campaign. Battling the notion that 'values voters' swept President Bush to victory because of opposition to gay marriage and abortion, three liberal groups released a post-election poll in which 33 percent of voters said the nation's most urgent moral problem was 'greed and materialism' and 31 percent said it was 'poverty and economic justice.' Sixteen percent cited abortion, and 12 percent named same-sex marriage. But the religious leaders acknowledged that the Christian right had reached more voters than the Christian left. Some said it was time for 'moderate and progressive' religious groups, as well as the Democratic Party, to rethink their positions."