by Max Brantley
The Washington Post says the Religious Left is back. Let us pray it's so. We can add that this movement is underway in Arkansas and the religious component of, for example, the drive for an increase in the minimum wage was important.
In large part, the revival of the religious left is a reaction against conservatives' success in the 2004 elections in equating moral values with opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.
Religious liberals say their faith compels them to emphasize such issues as poverty, affordable health care and global warming. Disillusionment with the war in Iraq and opposition to Bush administration policies on secret prisons and torture have also fueled the movement.