Delaware Democrat Senator Chris Coons said in an interview with Church Politics podcast that Democrats should be open about their faith.
"I am concerned, frankly, that more and more Democrats feel embarrassed about or uncomfortable with sharing anything about their faith and how it connects to their service," Coons said this week on the podcast.
"Some of the most progressive members of the Senate, members I'm very close to, don't ever talk about how it was their experience of faith, when they were children, that motivated them to get into public service and politics in the first place."
Coons was speaking with Democrat political strategist Justin Giboney and Church Politics host and former Obama administration official Michael Wear.
Coons’ comments come after a Pew U.S. Politics and Policy department poll from 2017, which said that 36 percent of Democrats in general and 44 percent of self-identified liberal Democrats believe the church is negatively impacting society.
In a column for The Atlantic following the report’s release, Coons wrote that the majority of Democrats are “people of faith.”
“Like many Americans, I’m a progressive Democrat and a Christian,” he wrote in the 2017 column. “That’s why I know that progressive values aren’t just secular values. We can get to some of our most important public-policy priorities through both secular and scriptural routes.”
In February, Coons and Oklahoma Republican Senator James Lankford were named co-chairmen for the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast.
Prayer meetings are also held weekly for Congress members.
"It's a very private time and it's a time that's reserved just for senators. So there's no other staff there. There's no other outside entity. It's just senators and former senators that have the opportunity to be able to sit down and be able to talk about how we are really doing personally," explained Lankford.
"That does change the dynamic of the conversations. When you get to know someone, their background, what drives them, who they are as a person, you get to know more about their family, it does affect it. It is very easy in normal political life to demonize an individual based on how they vote and you just try to create a persona that's not real. This is trying to be able to move beyond the persona."
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Publication date: March 8, 2018
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.