AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Just a few miles from George W. Bush’s former office at the state Capitol, a panel of religious experts weighed a question with relevance to many people of faith: How would Jesus vote?
It’s a complex topic that can’t be boiled down to simple political terms, said religious leaders who attended a Texas Faith Network conference in Austin on Tuesday. Many at the conference voiced concerns that the religious right dominates discussions of faith and morality in politics. They complained that issues such as abortion and gay marriage seem to take priority over hunger, corporate crime and even the war in Iraq.
James C. Moore, co-author of “Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George Bush Presidential,” drew laughter and applause when he offered his view to the moderate to left-leaning crowd of about 250 clergy and lay leaders.
“If ever there were a bleeding-heart liberal, it was Jesus Christ,” Moore said at Congregation Agudas Achim synagogue. “I think the carpenter from Galilee was the original Democrat.”