08.14.17

ICYMI: Sen. Coons op-ed in The Atlantic: “Progressive Values Can’t Be Just Secular Values”

WILMINGTON, Del. – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) published an op-ed in The Atlantic entitled, “Progressive Values Can’t Be Just Secular Values.” In the op-ed, Senator Coons emphasizes the need for progressives to open their hearts and minds to their allies in the faith community and look for areas of common ground on which they can work together to advance their shared goals.

The Atlantic: Progressive Values Can’t Be Just Secular Values

By Chris Coons

For a generation, the Democratic Party of which I’m a member has steadily moved away from communities of faith. Today, according to a recent Pew study, more than one-third of Democrats—including 44 percent of self-described liberal Democrats—think churches and religious organizations actually have a “negative impact” on the United States.

But the beliefs of those liberal Democrats don’t reflect the views of most American voters. The fact of the matter is this: The vast majority of Americans—including the majority of Democrats—are people of faith. According to a recent Pew study, for example, nearly 80 percent of Americans identify with a religious faith. Two-thirds of them pray every day.

That’s why if progressives are to achieve our goals, we have to open our hearts and minds to our allies in the faith community. Doing so won’t just advance our shared policy goals—it might also help heal a nation deeply divided along political lines.

Like many Americans, I’m a progressive Democrat and a Christian. That’s why I know that progressive values aren’t just secular values. We can get to some of our most important public-policy priorities through both secular and scriptural routes.

To read the full column, click here.

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