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Christian Progressives Speak Up in Advance of Election

Progressive Christians say they're beginning to speak out in increasing numbers about their policy views and the ways they are rooted in their faith. (thelesleyshow/morguefile)
Progressive Christians say they're beginning to speak out in increasing numbers about their policy views and the ways they are rooted in their faith. (thelesleyshow/morguefile)
October 20, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. – Sparks flew and tempers flared Wednesday night in the final presidential debate.

And while much attention has been given during the campaign to the views of voters who identify themselves as Christian, as it turns out, that's a broad spectrum, in North Carolina and across the country.

While some people may assume that Christians and conservatives go hand in hand, a growing number of voters insist that isn't always the case.

Robert Mullis attends a Baptist church in Charlotte and says he views policy discussions through his faith, and has formed a political position that runs counter to the stereotype.

"People from the pulpit bring up hate, and I hear people use religion to espouse inequality,” he states. “That distresses me, and I have to just try to live my life, in touching the people I touch, to express my beliefs, and let that spread."

According to the Pew Research Center, 56 percent of so-called mainline Protestants identify politically as Democratic or nonpartisan, and 46 percent of evangelicals fall into that same category.

Jennifer Copeland, executive director of the North Carolina Council of Churches, a group that identifies with more progressive churches, says she and others are working to reclaim language that has long been absorbed into more conservative circles.

"The progressive Christian voice can no longer sit at home and expect people to come into our sanctuaries to hear what we have to say about progressive Christian values,” she states. “We've simply got to get out into the streets and tell our story."

Mullis says he respects the political opinions of others in his religion that lean further to the right, but is mindful that they're all reading the same Bible.

"We're looking at the love that Jesus taught, and how that's found in the gospels,” he points out. “And that's sort of the message that I get from Jesus is, that's the basic golden rule – love one another."



Stephanie Carson/Scott Herron, Public News Service - NC