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“I don’t think the religious title mattered as much as the values articulated,” Tim King, director of communications for Sojourners, a national Christian organisation that focuses on social justice issues, told IPS. “Romney failed to articulate basic economic values – that we are a country that takes care of one another.” Sojourners has taken a keen interest in the young evangelical vote in 2012. A survey it completed a month ago found that this demographic finds itself torn between the two political parties. “I think young evangelicals are going to find themselves encouraged in some areas and disappointed in others,” King said. “Our survey found young evangelicals polling with Democrats on issues of immigration, same-sex marriage and domestic policies. Yet, they polled with Republicans on issues of foreign policy and abortion.”
Some liberal religious groups such as Sojourners, have been around for a while, Green noted, while others such as Faith in Public Life -- which sponsored the "Compassion Forum" on religious issues before the Democratic Party’s Pennsylvania primary -- and Catholics United, are relatively new.
Adam Taylor, senior political director for "Sojourners" magazine, a progressive Christian publication whose target constituency is ecumenical, noted that, "We haven't endorsed any presidential candidate. A big part of one of our [social] plans is to battle poverty and we would like to see the next president, whoever he is, cut the poverty rate in half in 10 years. Much of that money which could be used to help the poor is now being used to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The election is an opportunity to shape the public debate and see hard, concrete diplomacy bring an end to these wars."
These days, it is fashionable in liberal circles to pronounce the death of the Religious Right. In February 2007, Jim Wallis, the founder of Sojourners magazine and the author of "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It", declared in a Time magazine essay that, "We have now entered the post-Religious Right era."