The relationship between political liberalism and religious liberalism is a persistent issue in Unitarian-Universalism, and other liberal denominations as well. Some practitioners can’t distinguish between these two–their politics are their spirituality, and it seems unthinkable that someone holding liberal religious views could support anything other than far-left governmental policies. Others are put off by the seeming union of spirituality and politics (especially party favoritism) in many UU circles. And then there are the actual political conservatives, who not only persist quietly in many UU churches but have always been with us at every stage of UUism’s development.
The new blog UU Republican recently asked, are UU Republicans odd? Many UUs would automatically answer yes; in fact, for many the question itself is what would be odd. But it’s worth remembering the contributions that Republicans have made to UUism over the years. After all, the most recent Unitarian president of the United States was a Republican: William Howard Taft.