Asking the big questions

How will the left get God into its politics? Lakoff and company work on framing the issue.


Katharine Mieszkowski
May 12, 2005 9:49PM (UTC)

In an effort to take back religion from the evangelical Christian right, progressives are doing some online soul searching. This week and next, the Rockridge Institute -- the Berkeley, Calif., think tank best known for linguist George Lakoff's theory of framing -- hosts a forum titled, "Spiritual Progressives: a dialogue on values and building a movement."

"Religious fundamentalists have become a dominant voice in American politics -- so much so that the word 'religion' has become synonymous with the conservative political perspective," write the hosts. "Progressivism, in general, has not recognized the millions of Americans who possess a strong and vibrant faith that complements their progressive political views. The voices of these Americans have yet to be heard in significant numbers."

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To put that in different terms, perhaps more comfortable to the political left, one of the discussion forums asks: How do you frame God?


Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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