"But many Democrats have done and will do a better job of speaking to a far bigger group than values voters -- religious people and church-goers who balance many issues in a complicated way and who are not hardcore partisans."
That would be the large-and-totally-ignored group that I belong to, and while I am Independent, I would have to agree. The Republicans have *never* been the party of "inclusion", despite their claims.
I wish I had brought a tape recorder to church because last Sunday our minister's *entire* sermon was about this. She is one of the calmest, most centered people you could meet and her first words were "I am ANGRY" It was a wonderfully eloquent and impassioned speech about how the words 'morals' and 'values' have been *usurped* by a faction that interprets religion in the most narrow and exclusionary way. How the OTHER biblical values such as economic injustice and civil rights have been conveniently left by the wayside. How religion was used and abused in a totally inappropriate manner in this election and how that speaks to the *imperative* of the separation of church and state.
I must have looked like one of those bobble-headed car dolls the way I was nodding all the way through it. While we are not holy rollers, I was never so tempted to stand up and shout "AMEN!" at the end of a sermon in my life ;)
There are MANY religious people who understand that these issues are far from black and white and who get the dangers inherent in believing that they are.
I wish you lived in GA, your minister sounds like just what I've been searching for.