The civil rights movement of the 1960’s was supported in no small measure by progressive churches, black and white, whose members marched together, did voter registration together, lobbied Congress together, and sometimes died together. The leadership of the civil rights movement came directly out of the black church, in the persons of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and many others.
These days the religious right is ascendant: anti-immigrant, anti-choice, and with no less a conflicted figure than Trump as their champion of family and religious values.
So where is the progressive left?
According to Daniel Cox of the FiveThirtyEight blog, a religious left isn’t going to arise any time soon — too many progressives, young and old, have simply left the church since the heyday of the 1960’s.
Religious bodies are good at organizing, and right now those tools are primarily available to conservatives who still engage with religious institutions. I agree with Cox that our side isn’t going to return to the pews and use those connections to send foot soldiers forth to do battle any time soon.