Two Visions of the Democratic Party

Marianne Williamson is interviewed before the Democratic candidates debate in Detroit, Mich., July 31, 2019. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
Pete Buttigieg cites Scripture to embarrass the religious Right, but the New Age figure of Marianne Williamson has the more biting critique.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here were two spiritual visions in the Democratic party we saw in the debates. On one side was the moralist, Pete Buttigieg. On the other was the healer, Marianne Williamson.

At the spiritual level, Buttigieg’s appeal to Democrats is that he reprobates the religious Right. His quotations from the Bible are certainly more fluent than Donald Trump’s. But Mayor Pete uses Scripture the way a hero character in an Aaron Sorkin drama would, purely as a weapon designed to intellectually and theologically humiliate conservative political rivals. He quotes the Good Book in the style of a new atheist email forward. Oh,

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