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Fraught Election Puts Faith Leaders Through a Political Test

posted on October 30, 2020

The Associated Press’ Elana Schor writes, “Both President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden count endorsements from well-known faith leaders. But for clergy members who try to tackle thorny moral matters without overtly backing a candidate, the campaign has tested their ability to reconcile religious values and politics.” A white evangelical pastor in Nashville tells her that “’it drives some people crazy’ when he refuses to tip his hand politically.” For others, the choice is clearer. A Black Baptist pastor in Pennsylvania who endorsed Biden in his personal capacity told Schor that some “white churches ‘have the luxury to say, ‘Let’s just spiritualize everything and not get involved in politics.'”


Read at The Associated Press