Facebook Post, July 26, 2016
So when the Washington Post calls, you drop everything. Apologies to my family, whom I neglected for approx 36 hours.
Disclaimer: my original editor gave me 1200 words. I used 1197 of them. Next editor said 800 was the ideal, so she mercifully cut it down for me. But I mourn the loss of nuance and the beautiful, beautiful quotes drawn from the archives, that made this more substantive and less opinion-y. This is why I write books, I suppose.
And thanks to John W. Nevin for his editorial eye.
When Hillary Clinton takes the stage in Philadelphia this week, she has a unique opportunity to speak to a nation engaged in collective soul-searching. As the Christian right has evidently vacated all pretense of seeking a candidate who embodies Christian values, Clinton can step into the space that they have vacated. She can pledge to be the candidate who will be guided by her faith.
She is has deep religious roots that she can draw on.
Coming of age in the 1960s, Clinton turned to theology to make sense of the political and social turmoil unfolding around her. She read theologians Paul Tillich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Reinhold Niebuhr as she wrestled with how Christians ought to engage the world, pursue justice and reform society.
Du Mez, Kristin Kobes. “Hillary Clinton’s History of Faith is Long and Rich. This Week, She Should Talk About It.” The Washington Post. July 26, 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/07/26/hillary-clintons-history-of-faith-is-long-and-rich-this-week-she-should-talk-about-it/