- In order to maintain the left’s insistence on the separation of church and state, many Democrats avoid the topic of religion.
- The avoidance of religious conversations harms the Democrats’ influence on more Moderate Americans.
- Democratic candidates have hired faith advisors in order to help “bridge the gap” between matters of faith and politics.
- Middle-of-the-road voters do not feel they have an adequate representative that they can rally behind and support during the next election.
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 Avoid Talking About Religion
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 Religious Left
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.
Middle-of-the-Road Religious Voters Caught Between Extremes
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.