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Posted by: anybody ( )
Date: October 15, 2020 06:16PM

From the "Now This Is Interesting Dept:"

Many evangelical Christian groups in Africa, which are mostly anti-abortion, against gay rights and support Israel, were not keen on Mr Trump's predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama, despite his Kenyan heritage.

"The Obama administration had been pushing a liberal agenda here in Africa and that agenda was of concern to some of us Christian leaders. It was a relief that during Trump's time he's taken a bit of a back seat," Richard Chogo, a pastor at the Deliverance Church in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, told the BBC.

He praised the Trump administration for cutting funding to organisations, such as Marie Stopes, that provide contraception and safe abortion services in several African countries.

The charity criticised the 2017 US funding ban, saying that it "put women's lives at risk".

But Pastor Chogo agrees with the law in Kenya where abortion is illegal unless a mother's health is in danger, saying that to legalise the termination of pregnancies is part of a "population control agenda".

The abortion debate has been at the centre of US politics for at least four decades.

White evangelicals have coalesced around the issue turning their anti-abortion movement into an influential political force.

After the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision by the US Supreme Court to legalise abortion, white evangelicals, who were then not politically affiliated with either of the two main parties, backed Republican Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential election against then Democratic incumbent Jimmy Carter.

Even though President Carter was an evangelical, they saw him as a progressive liberal - and their vote proved decisive and helped Reagan to win, NPR's Evangelical Votes reports.

White evangelicals have since become a key voting bloc for the Republican Party and have extended their influence around the world, especially in Africa.

This is despite black protestants in the US being overwhelming Democrat and critical of Mr Trump's record, according to a recently Pew Research survey.

The Venerable Emeka Ezeji, a vicar and archdeacon in the Missionary Christ Anglican Church in Nigeria's south-eastern Enugu state, says his political views are only determined "by what the scriptures say".

"Faith is personal, mine is pro life... African Christians believe that a Republican president is better for the US and the world," he said.

He has been praying for Mr Trump to beat Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden in November, and set aside time every day to pray for the president's recovery when he was recently in hospital with coronavirus.

Like Pastor Chogo, he too believes that Mr Trump's "frailties" should not overshadow the "common good".

For example, he dismisses the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, which Mr Trump has referred to as "a symbol of hate", saying it has been "hijacked or detoured from its vision".

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: October 15, 2020 06:24PM

Blood is thicker than water and religion is thicker than blood.

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