A quick recommendation for an excellent blog: The Social Justice Coalition (also see link under freedom fighters). Kris subtitles the site, "The liberal answer to the christian coalition." Its a great site with a lively ongoing dialogue about spirituality and social justice.
While the recent debate among Democrats about "values" strikes me as pathetic, the deeper issue of spirituality as a base for social movements is right on track. As I've mentioned earlier, its not by accident that MLK and Gandhi were highly spiritual people. Their power came from deep convictions and personal integrity.... something all the smug, suit-clad Democrats will never be able to spin-- no matter how much they blather on about values.
Kris' site gets to the heart of the matter. In my opinion, any "religion" or spiritual practice that does not refine the character of those practicing it is worthless. And by refine I mean to help the person become more open, more aware, more tolerant, more accepting, kinder, wiser... and to have a greater grasp of the nature of life, existence, and "the Infinite" AT AN EXPERIENTIAL LEVEL.
Only retards and idiots recite sentences from books and consider that "morality" or religion. True spirituality (the term I prefer) is about EXPERIENCE. That's why I favor Eastern and Shamanic practices, because these paths emphasize a direct encounter with the universe/Tao. Also, these paths are not obseesed with a view of some "God" who is a childish, humanlike, spoiled Dictator... who we must all kiss up to and grovel before. Is this really that different than the religions of the Vikings, the Greeks, or the Romans? Instead of a pantheon of nuerotic Gods... Judiasm, Christianity, and Islam have one. But "he" is just as arbitrary, cruel, and infantile as the Gods of the Norse and Greeks.
Haven't we evolved past this sort of childish thinking yet? Do we still need to cling to the idea of a comic book superhero ruling the universe... a ridiculous idea that breaks down with even the simplest examination. Do we still need to cling to the equally idiotic idea that this super hero wrote one (or more) "holy books" which we must obey as if they were a supernatural legal code?
The world, this life, and the universe are far, far more complex and mysterious than that.... as any decent shaman, meditator, mystic, or scientist will tell you. But, of course, these are people who have had experiences... who are dedicated to various forms of empirical investigation. But as Joseph Campbell noted, a priest/minister is a functionary-- someone who has NOT had an experience... a reciter of sentences, a performer of rituals, a politician, a fundraiser.
I think its time we put our trust in ourselves and our own experience and stop looking to these ambitious boobies for simplistic answers.