As Democrats try to avoid mixing church and state, many avoid bringing up the topic of religion, which leads to a misconception that Democrats are not religious and that Republicans are the only people who embrace faith.
As a result, many politicians are missing important talking points for Middle America and those belonging to the so-called religious middle.
Democrats are missing out on connecting with Middle America because they simply avoid discussing the topic of religion. It’s based on the supposition that Democratic voters are interested in maintaining the separation of church and state.
However, many middle-of-the-road Democrats have religious beliefs—especially African-Americans—whose faith is a prominent part of their lives. They don’t readily identify with some of the extreme liberal policies being pursued by Democrats. These voters are people of faith, pro-family, and not necessarily in favor of some socialist policies.
To counteract this problem, some Democratic candidates—Sen. Cory Booker and Mayor Pete Buttigieg in particular—have recruited faith advisors to help them develop ways to discuss faith on the campaign trail.
The so-called religious left, are those liberal religious organizations that support same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ clergy. This is also a religious group that supports abortion.
Many Christians, Catholics, and mainline Protestants view themselves as neither conservative nor liberal.
Many people of faith are caught between the extreme right of Republicans and the far-left Democrats. They feel Republicans lack compassion, while Democrats have gone too far on abortion. These voters are pro-family.
Caught in the middle, it is hard for these people to find, let alone identify, with a moderate candidate that has the right balance that aligns with their faith.