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In the 2004 Presidential Election, George W. Bush can count on the Religious Right to put a great deal of time, effort, and money into his campaign. Hopefully, the Religious Left will be equally energetic in their support for a candidate that offers more compassionate values and policies. Many people have not heard of a "Religious Left", but it surely exists. The difference might be that members of the Religious Right are more likely to proclaim their religious values verbally. The Religious Left consists of people working on making people's situations better. Our political action flows naturally from our religious/spiritual convictions. These can actually be remarkably similar across faith traditions:


This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.

Mahabharata 5:1517


Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.

Udana-Varga 5:18


Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss.

T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien


That which is hateful to you, do not do to others. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary.

Talmud, Shabbat 31a


All things whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

Matthew 7:12


No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.



An ye harm none, do what ye will.

Unfortunately, much of the general public automatically associates the Republican party with religious "virtue", and that really does translate into votes. Come brainstorm with us about how we can get the message out that "Religious Left" is not a contradiction in terms.

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  • Jun 11, 2003
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