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‘Religious Left’ Feeling Shut Out:

The Washington Post reports on a conference, held yesterday in D.C., for liberals with a religious orientation. Speakers highlighted the need for a specifically religious voice in fighting against Bush’s foreign policy, for environmental protection and universal health insurance and in efforts to battle poverty at home and abroad.

The gathering lamented its own homelessness: their allies on the left are largely secularist and regular churchgoers vote Republican by a ratio of 2 to1. Gallup pollster Frank Newport told the Post that all the surveys indicate the same thing: “Γ?ΒΆΓΆβ??Β¬ Β¦the more religious, the more conservative.”

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