The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is now two-for-two in the Democratic National Committee’s Director of Religious Outreach Sweepstakes.
As a nonpartisan public service, GetReligion offers this list of possible replacements (serious and otherwise) for the Rev. Brenda Bartella Peterson, who resigned Thursday:
Anne Lamott — Isn’t it time to give a real writer a shot at this?
James Meeks — If only because he would drive the more extreme church-state separationists crazy.
Oprah — As penance for her 2000 campaign interview with George W. Bush.
Tony Campolo — He’s been a loyal foot soldier for the party. Hasn’t he earned this by now?
Rosemary Radford Ruether — One thing is sure: she would slap down any patriarchalism in sight.
Jeremiah Wright — If you think Barack Obama is a powerful speaker, catch one of Wright’s sermons in a live webcast from Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago (Sundays at 7:30 & 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Central).
Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon — Because she never stops spreading the love and the joy, as this photo testifies.
Meryl Streep — She an actress and a theologian, and she does so “read the whole book.”
Jim Wallis — To prove beyond the shadow of a theological doubt that real evangelicals need never vote Republican.
Other nominations are welcome, of course, in our Comments section.