Whose Ink? Our Ink!

The question of who counts as the “religious left”—leave aside the matter of why we’re counting—is one that has vexed a great many journalists, leftists, and centrists of late. Daniel Schultz, aka “Pastor Dan,” has the latest if not the last word on Religion Dispatches, responding to a post by U.S. World and News‘ Dan Gilgoff. KtB readers may find it of interest because it addresses one of the central concerns that drives this site: who is “worth ink.” Gilgoff sets a high bar: unless you have Washington clout, he doesn’t want to know you. Schultz, a real-world pastor as well as a blogger, takes a broader view. I’ve admired some of Gilgoff’s work in the past, but I’m with the preacher: Gilgoff’s insidery approach on this question dumbs down the conversation and makes democracy a little dimmer.

Jeff Sharlet is a founding editor of Killing the Buddha, coauthor with Peter Manseau of Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible (2004) and co-editor of Believer, Beware (2009). Sharlet is also the author of Sweet Heaven When I Die, (2011), C Street, (2010), and the New York Times bestseller The Family (2008).