African-Americans have historically been a key group of supporters for the Democratic party, but many black leaders in the Christian community are unhappy with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s stance on abortion and religious liberty.
CBN News reports that the black clergy members penned a letter that they sent to Clinton’s campaign headquarters which demands a meeting with Clinton, should she be elected, to clarify her position on these issues.
"We request that you set a place and time, during your first 100 days in office, where we may meet to learn more about your position on these issues," the letter reads. "Then we will be better able to inform our community about what they can reasonably expect from a Clinton administration."
The letter continues, calling Clinton out for her extreme views on abortion:
"In 2008, Secretary Clinton, you took the position that abortion should be rare, and you emphasized 'by rare I mean rare.' But Black babies are dying at terrifying rates. How do you justify your unconscionable silence in the face of such destruction of innocent black life? Don't black lives matter? What policies would you pursue as president to reverse the soaring abortion rates among black women?"
The letter also addressed concerns black clergy had about religious liberty and gay marriage.
"Furthermore, there are some in your party who seek to criminalize our biblical texts as hate speech. Like Martin Luther King, Jr., we do not invite conflict. However, in cases where questions of conscience and religious freedom are at stake, we are prepared, for the sake of the Gospel, to suffer the consequences of standing on our convictions."
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Publication date: November 2, 2016
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.