Black Evangelicals Torn Between Parties

Taken for Granted

Today’s Washington Post has an interesting piece on how major issues like abortion and marriage are uniting African-Americans and allowing the Republican Party to make potential inroads into this community that generally tends to vote overwhelmingly for the Democrats. The story leads with my good friend Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. and how his High Impact Leadership Coalition of black pastors rejects the traditional party line and looks at the moral issues of today before deciding what they communicate to their congregations. Bishop Jackson, just like me and other people of faith of all colors, makes it clear we will not be beholden to any party. What is ironic is that while some leaders of the Democratic Party have started embracing the language of faith with the hopes of attracting religious voters, most still want to hold the party line of abortion on demand and remain estranged from traditional marriage. While the Republicans experienced the powerful pull of social issues on African-Americans in 2004 because of the marriage issue, they are increasingly distancing themselves from these key issues that speak the true language of faith and bring Christian voters into the fold. If issues that are important to so many Christians, both black and white, are ignored by both parties then ultimately both parties may find they are ignored by many Christians.

See: Politics of Race and Religion [Washington Post]

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~ by r7fel on November 27, 2007.

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