Democratic presidential hopefuls are talking about prayer and their journeys of faith as the 2020 primaries near, making appeals to crucial voting blocs.
Speaking before a crowd of approximately 5,000 people at a joint venture of the Black Church PAC and the Young Leaders Conference on Friday at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Georgia, three candidates seeking the nation’s highest office spoke about the role of faith in politics and the state of the country.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, who is Episcopalian, said “political leaders ought to … speak for voters of any religion and no religion equally.” He added that the elections are an opportunity to “remind voters of faith that we have a choice.”
God does not belong to either political party, he stressed.
Buttigieg has been a frequent critic of religious voters who support the Republican Party, and has condemned the Trump administration’s policies on illegal immigration and the conditions at overcrowded border detention facilities. He has said many times that Christians who back Trump’s politics have forfeited their right to speak in religious terminology because of what he sees as blatant hypocrisy. And he’s chastised Christians who don’t support a $15 minimum wage.
Julián Castro, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who has routinely spoken of his Catholic faith as it relates to the policies he favors, urged faith-motivated voters to support him, particularly because of his proposals on police reform. Castro, who’s also the former mayor of San Antonio, said he backed a national standard for the use of force. Police departments that refuse to comply with it might see their federal funding withheld, he said.
Cory Booker, who is Baptist, recounted that his entire lineage come from the black church and whose communication style sometimes resembles preaching. He said he believes the present political moment in the United States is a “moral crisis.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter