By Hemant Mehta
Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Cory Booker, more than the other Democrats, have been talking about their personal faith ever since stepping onto the campaign trail. It’s been a refreshing change of pace for people who are only used to Republicans talking about Christianity and only as a weapon against various groups.
While it’s not personally appealing, it’s not as bad as it could be because they always make it clear that they support church/state separation and they have no desire to push their faith onto everyone else. In the process, if it helps some moderate voters realize Democrats aren’t anti-religion (as if that’s a bad thing), it’s good for all of us who support progressive policies.
It hasn’t always worked. I criticized Buttigieg in June when he suggested Democrats avoided God-talk. That’s not true at all — President Obama, for one, constantly brought up his faith while in office, and it didn’t shake the perception of Democrats avoiding religion. But on Thursday night, Buttigieg offered a slightly revised version of that response and I thought it sounded much better.
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