May Day 2012: Religion’s Revolutionary Potential

Over at Killing the Buddha, Nathan Schneider writes:

It’s hard to think of anyplace where religion’s revolutionary potential has been more fully realized than the United States—both for good and for evil. Many activists nowadays assume the completely non-empirical notion that religion in this country today is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party. But this impression is the result of a very temporary and partial—if singularly effective—alliance forged at the onset of the Reagan era. This alliance need not last. American religion is nothing if not finicky with regard to politics, and highly troublesome to those in power.

Here’s to the fussy, finicky state of U.S. religion, and Happy May Day!

–The Eds.