On a bright and raucous afternoon outside Los Angeles City Hall, Cornel
West was revving up a crowd at Occupy L.A. As he often does, the
prominent philosopher and activist peppered his speech with religious
phrases, at one point calling for recognition of "our prophetic Mormon
brothers and sisters," as well as Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and "black
Baptists like myself."
The crowd gamely applauded. But the biggest roars came when West called
out "the progressive agnostic and atheistic brothers and sisters" — a
response that seemed to illuminate the largely secular underpinnings of
the Occupy Wall Street movement and a challenge now facing the religious left.
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