Policy aside, her rhetoric reaches an audience of millions of voters hungry for a new kind of “religious left” to act as a counterweight to the conservative “religious right” that has dominated the discussion of religion in politics, where Republicans have branded themselves as the party of moral Christian values.
Williamson’s teachings in fact, are far different from those concentrated on Christianity, and even attract criticism from Christian organizations. Williamson, who describes herself as Jewish and attends synagogue on Jewish holidays, preaches the “New Age” ideology, a set of spiritual beliefs developed in the 1970s that draws parallels to paganism. It is these voters that Williamson’s campaign attracts.
This group of voters, as Katya Sedwick described in The Federalist, are mostly young, urban, typically female, not religious and are “spiritually hungry.” They may identify as Christian but are captivated by pseudoscience guided by spiritual mythology.