For decades the two wings of US politics have dealt with spirituality in opposite ways.
The God-wielding right proudly trots out organized religion to defend its views and the secular postmodern left keeps even non-religious spiritual experiences so quiet as to imply it’s silly or shameful to have them.
That dichotomy has resulted in rightwing dominance of the spiritual space in the US.
It’s been nearly 40 years since Ronald Reagan stepped into the White House with fundamentalist megachurch ringleader Jerry Falwell behind him.
On the surface during that time – the ‘family values’ platform of so many Republicans – influence of Christian televangelist Pat Robertson – Donald Trump’s overwhelming support by Christian evangelicals – it would appear that conservatives owned faith.
But today there is a marked shift in tone on the left – a reconciliation of the public sphere with private meaning – from social-justice-driven religion to non-religious even atheist – humanism.