E.J. Dionne Jr. writes in this morning's Washington Post that progressive religious groups, like those that came out in support of President Obama's pick for secretary of health and human services Kathleen Sebelius, may provide a needed counter-weight to right wing fundamentalists. We'll see. It does seem that progressive groups, like Jim Wallis' Sojourners, are gaining traction as a political force by framing political issues in terms of social justice. Dionne says Obama's success will depend on his ability to do the same.
His success as a cultural peacemaker depends on his ability to move the country's moral discussion toward social justice and economics. Paradoxically, perhaps, he'd rather have citizens thinking about taxes and collapsing banks than about abortion.