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Saturday, December 31, 2016
Democrats Have a Religion Problem
By Emma Green
with Michael Wear, a former Obama White House staffer, about the party’s
illiteracy on and hostility toward white evangelicals.
Barack Obama attends Vermont Avenue Baptist Church in
Washington, D.C., in 2010. Yuri Gripas / Reuters
many people like Michael Wear in today’s Democratic Party. The former director
of Barack Obama’s 2012 faith-outreach efforts is a theologically conservative
evangelical Christian. He is opposed to both abortion and same-sex marriage,
although he would argue that those are primarily theological positions, and
other issues, including poverty and immigration, are also important to his
During his time
working for Obama, Wear was often alone in many of his views, he writes in his
new book, Reclaiming Hope. He helped with faith-outreach strategies for Obama’s
2008 campaign, but was surprised when some state-level officials decided not to
pursue this kind of engagement: “Sometimes—as I came to understand the more I
worked in politics—a person’s reaction to religious ideas is not ideological at
all, but personal,” he writes.
later, he watched battles over abortion funding and contraception requirements
in the Affordable Care Act with chagrin: The administration was unnecessarily
antagonistic toward religious conservatives in both of those fights,Wear argues, and it eventually lost,
anyway. When Louie Giglio, an evangelical pastor, was pressured to withdraw
from giving the 2012 inaugural benediction because of his teachings on
homosexuality, Wear almost quit.
Some of his
colleagues also didn’t understand his work, he writes. He once drafted a
faith-outreach fact sheet describing Obama’s views on poverty, titling it
“Economic Fairness and the Least of These,” a reference to a famous teaching
from Jesus in the Bible. Another staffer repeatedly deleted “the least of
these,” commenting, “Is this a typo? It doesn’t make any sense to me. Who/what
I spoke with
Wear about how the Democratic Party is and isn’t reaching people of faith—and
what that will mean for its future. Our conversation has been edited for
clarity and length.