Liberals Who Are Religious
Some might say that the more liberal a person is the less religious they are or vice-versa. There is a grain of truth to that as many liberal minded individuals find religion too rigid and judgmental. However, as with anything else there are exceptions to the rule. There are people who are both religious and highly liberal.
Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons penned an open letter for The Huffington Post that talked about how it is possible to be both a liberal and a religious person. There are not that many religious liberals in the media spotlight these days, but the article points to one. That being Mayim Bialik who plays the character of Amy Fowler on The Big Bang Theory.
Mayim Bialik is an observant Jew who eats Kosher food and does not work on the Sabbath. At the same time, she prepares Vegan meals for her children and is a Vegan herself. She also teaches them about the importance of taking care of the planet so that all might be able to enjoy it. She is a liberal and yet very pious in her religion.
There can be a lot of pressure and backlash from other liberals when one of their own takes on a strong religious identity. It is just not something that a lot of liberals are accustomed to seeing. That being said, those who do stand up for their faith and yet maintain their liberal values are indeed interesting and a great asset to both religious and political communities. Their existence goes to show that there can be crossover between religion and politics in ways that we might not expect.
Everyone has the opportunity to form their systems of beliefs around what they feel is right. The liberal community and the religious community do not have to be mutually exclusive.