nearvideo presidential Democratic candidates Woo religious votes
Pro-life issues, traditional marriage play an important role; Lauren Green reports.
Democrats are no longer the religious vote to the Republicans.
Last week, presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker unabashedly quoted from the New Testament, during an appearance at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S. C., He said, “Galatians 6:7 reads:” do not be deceived, God is not mocked.'”
A few weeks ago, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg proudly proclaimed, “I am to walk the path of a religious progressive.”
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Both candidates have hired according to reports, faith consultant for their election campaigns, to work with the Democrats to appeal to a different kind of faith voters.
Michael wear, author of the book “the reconquest of hope” and a former faith adviser to President Barack Obama, said, “Some candidates are better at some slices of the religious America than others, and I think that is a healthy thing. It shows that these candidates are running with a level of authenticity to who you are and what is your approach to the campaign.”
In 2016, the Evangelical vote helped Donald Trump win the White house. About 80 percent of white evangelicals voted for him. And while the Republicans have cornered the religious market-driven to pro-life issues and traditional marriage, Pastor Jim Wallis, founder of Strange magazine and a political activist, said there are other matters of faith, can claim the Democrats are for themselves.
“The Bible has 2,000 verses on the poor—the 2,000 verses,” he said. “I never hear that from the Republicans. Never, never, never.”
But conservatives such as Tony Perkins, the Family Research Council, point to the support of Democrats, ” a bill in Congress, said he stresses the LGBTQ and abortion rights, at the expense of individual freedom of religion. “HR 3222, the bill, he said, makes powerless, the 25-year-old religious freedom Restoration Act.
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“Back in 1993, when it was passed and signed by President Bill Clinton, it was adopted unanimously. I think it’s a couple of votes against him, was that it was said,” Perkins is. “Republican, Democrat, independent, it supports. But now, in this age, of this new man, the sexuality, the promotion of abortion, the influence of planned Parenthood, who want to kill the Democratic party…of RFRA. You want to do well in it.”
Perkins sees this law as a major stumbling block for the Democrats in approach to the religious voters.
“People who follow the Bible believe in the Bible, gives direction for our life, do not be fooled by the rhetoric,” Perkins said. “You go look at the record.”
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But Bear, who hosts a podcast of faith and politics called, the Faith of 2020, said, “I think what we see is America is a very diverse country religiously, and that there are different religious groups, the nature of the relationship to the policy in different ways. I think it is the duty of all politicians, as a Democrat, it is the duty of the Democratic party, to to in every religious community in America, and in the best case we can for your votes. I hope to do that the Democratic candidate, that in the year 2020.”
But if there’s one thing that both the religious as well as liberal and conservative agree on, regardless of who wins or loses, who belongs in front of or behind in the polls: God to any political party.