As I feared, the right was successful in forcing the resignation of Rev. Brenda Bartella Peterson, a Disciples of Christ minister, from her position as the religious outreach director for the Democratic Nat'l Committee.
"The whirlwind was more than I could just about stand. It was amazing," Peterson said yesterday. The problem is: any person who does not represent religious conservatives in this capacity will face the same whirlwind. They've successfuly knocked out two religious advisors, declaring them out of the mainstream. They've so successfully set the terms of what constitutes religion in the public sphere, that any mainline protestant voice will not be allowed to enter into the nat'l discussion, which is why if the DNC chooses someone to replace Rev. Peterson, the right will try to knock them out as well.
As far as I can see, the only way to stop that cycle, is either a.pick someone on the right who finds nothing to agree with Kerry on or b.pick a religious progressive and then stick by your guns, assume the right will launch a campaign and try to weather the storm they'll produce. If they can forever keep progressive religious voices out of the public arena, one might as well pack up, forget about reaching out via religion, just not even broach the subject of religion. The right would be satisified with that route as well.