Abortion and the Death Penalty (To Rakesh)

Justin Schwartz jschwart at freenet.columbus.oh.us
Tue Jun 9 12:14:07 PDT 1998

On Mon, 8 Jun 1998, Yoshie Furuhashi wrote:

> What's clear, however, is that serious left-wing religious people are a
> very small minority in this country, perhaps as small as or even smaller
> than the serious secular Left (such as it is).

It's not at all clear to ME. In my experience, the progressive churches are the backbone of almost any mass movement activity I have ever been involved in. I once had an old-time (liberal nonreligious) movement activist remark to me that in his experience there were always two groups of people you could count on: the Quakers anmd the Communists. (He meant this generically, not speaking in sectarian terms on either score.) His explanation was that both groups had something beyong immediate goals to keep them going, some general utopian vision of a better world.

Yoshie, here in Columbus, who keeps things on line? It's Mark Stansberry and his various faith groups, isn't it? And whose constituency is larger, his or ours?


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