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Hillary Clinton is back in the news, but for reasons confounding supporters and detractors alike. She is reportedly weighing a decision to become a Methodist lay-preacher.
There are good reasons why her fans and foes are befuddled. It's out of character for almost any Democrat these days to evince a serious interest in Christianity.
Jump - Preacher - Status - Hostility - Values
Quite simply, it will not be easy for her to make the jump to preacher status, given all the hostility to traditional Christian moral values that she and her party have expressed for decades.
God talk has never come easily to Hillary Clinton. Her former press secretary, Mike McCurry, admits, "Hillary finds it hard to talk about religion a lot. She comes from the Methodist tradition, which, like many more liberal, mainstream Protestant denominations, is a little more buttoned up."
Accurate - Explanation - Mainline - Protestantism - Decades
That's an accurate, yet incomplete, explanation. It must also be said that mainline Protestantism has been crashing for decades, precisely because its positions on moral issues are indistinguishable from secular liberal thought. Therefore, trying to get a religious handle on issues like abortion and marriage will not be easy. Is Hillary prepared to pivot on these matters? Not likely, which is why this is a heavy lift.
It's even more profound than this: Hillary's preference for discussing freedom to worship, which is a privatized understanding of religious liberty, is emblematic of her reluctance to speak about freedom of religion, which implies a more public, and robust, conception of religious liberty.
Hillary - Preacher - Turn - Lexicon - Matters
So if Hillary is going to become a preacher, she will either have to do a 180 degree turn or continue to secularize her lexicon on matters religious. The latter, however, is not likely to inspire anyone.
An even bigger problem for Mrs. Clinton is the association of her party with secularism, something that virtually every survey has confirmed. It began in 1972,...
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