More than 1,600 faith leaders in the US have publicly backed Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate in next month’s presidential election, amid signs that some evangelical voters are turning away from Donald Trump.
The Joe Biden endorsements mostly came from Catholics, evangelicals and mainline Protestants. They include Jerushah Duford, the granddaughter of Billy Graham, Susan Johnson Cook, the ex-US ambassador for religious freedom, Michael Kinnamon, former general secretary of the National Council of Churches, and Gene Robinson, an ex bishop in the Episcopal church.
Dough Pagitt, executive director of the Christian campaign organisation Vote Common Good, which compiled endorsements, said that this record-breaking group of endorsers demonstrates that President Trump’s lack of compassion and morality is energising faith communities and will cost him the election.
The organisation said the announcement represents the biggest group of clergy to support a Democratic candidate for president in modern history and that four years ago, numerous religious voters chose to look the other way and to give Donald Trump a chance, but after seeing his ruthlessness and lawlessness, a growing number of them are turning away from the President.
In the 2016 election, more than 80 per cent of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, with many taking the view that his promise to make conservative and pro-life appointments to the supreme court outweighed unease about his personal behaviour – white evangelicals make up almost a quarter of the US electorate.
But some surveys have indicated an erosion of support for Donald Trump among white evangelicals and a poll conducted last month on behalf of Vote Common Good in five key battleground states discovered an 11 point swing among evangelical and Catholic voters towards Joe Biden.
In July the Public Religion Research Institute found a seven-point drop in white Christian support for Donald Trump, and a Fox News survey in August revealed 28 per cent of white evangelicals supported Joe Biden, compared with 16 per cent who backed Hillary Clinton in 2016.
A group called Pro-life Evangelicals for Biden said that, despite disagreeing with the Democratic candidate’s stance on abortion, they acknowledged that on balance, Joe Biden’s policies were more consistent with the biblically shaped ethic of life than those of Donald Trump. Therefore, they urged evangelicals to elect Joe Biden as President.
Joe Biden, who’s a Catholic, has often talked of how his faith has sustained him through challenging times, is hoping to win over wavering Catholic voters with a string of ad broadcast in battleground states.
Nonetheless, how could Evangelicals support someone like Donald Trump in the first place? Perhaps they’d been injecting bleach straight into their brains?
The Trump administration has been the most destructive, and hopefully, America will never have to encounter anything as they have in the past four years – a so-called President that couldn’t care less about America, and if there is a God, he would never have allowed Donald Trump being elected as President, and it’s difficult to conceive that any religious folk voted for the Anti Christ.
The fact that any religion can impact the electorate in any country is a profanity of the highest order, and it’s kind of tragic, considering this man has been accused of being a predator himself, hiding behind a congenial veneer but being an absolute monster.