“A leaderless army”

The Seattle Times suggests the religious right has gone from 60 to zero in five years:

In 2004, conservative evangelical leaders in Washington state were in full political force.

In only a few short weeks, they gathered more than 20,000 people to Safeco Field to rally for traditional marriage, then several months later, celebrated President Bush’s re-election.

Five years later, though, the movement is deflated and in disarray.

Many of the early leaders have stepped back due to health or age, because they feel burned at being called haters or because they’re tired of political divisiveness, saying it gets in the way of saving souls.

Meanwhile, churches in Baltimore are uniting to fight HIV/AIDS:

“The ultimate goal is to make churches, mosques and synagogues a safe place where people can receive HIV support,” said Derek Spencer, the executive director of the JACQUES Initiative. “We are no longer going to wait for people to come into our academic centers for help,” he said.

For Tuesday’s event, 11 religious churches across the city converted their basements, kitchens and event rooms into testing sites, where more than 40 trained volunteers from Baltimore and other East Coast cities administered swab tests, which don’t require needles or blood and provide results within 20 minutes.

Might there be a trend in the direction of American religion, here?

Jesse Lava also blogs at jesselava.com.

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