be preaching to the converted

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be preaching to the converted

To be trying to convince someone about something that they already support or understand. You're preaching to the converted here—we all have kids and understand how busy life with kids is.
See also: convert, preach

be preaching to the converted

If someone is preaching to the converted, they are presenting an opinion or argument to people who already agree with them. You're wasting your time preaching to the converted. In any case the film was, by and large, preaching to the converted. Note: The converted are people who have converted, or changed their religious beliefs. Preaching is the activity of telling people about a religion.
See also: convert, preach
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Among the many dismissive responses to lesbian and gay theatre and performance in the popular press and even among lesbian and gay people, the accusation that lesbian and gay artists are preaching to the converted is perhaps the most frequent.
The charge that queer artists are preaching to the converted reveals an arrogance on the part of the accuser, who assumes a knowledge of the people gathered in the space of performance.
One could say, for example, that we presuppose a converted readership which accepts queer theatre as a legitimate, authorized area of concern - and therefore that we are preaching to the converted.