Democrat Stacey Abrams campaigned for Virginia Democratic candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe in black churches in Norfolk, Virginia on Sunday. Abrams narrowly lost Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial election and used the defeat to position himself as a defender of voting rights.
The Second Calvary Baptist Church and the Faith Deliverance Christian Center have ceded their chairs to Abrams, who endorsed McAuliffe and touted her religious good faith as the daughter of pastors, according to the Associated Press.
“I am the daughter of not one but two pastors,” Abrams told members of the Second Calvary Baptist Church, who were required to show cards proving their vaccination status.
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Geoffrey Guns, the pastor of the Second Calvary Baptist Church, wore a black t-shirt that read “VOTE” and preached to his congregation that the election of governor of Virginia was “a very important election.”
Sharon Riley, pastor of Faith Deliverance Christian Center, told Abrams that “we now see that God had a plan” with her loss as governor of Georgia in 2018, saying her suffrage work made it so. one of the “most important” Americans. .
Abrams told worshipers that she once believed it was wrong to mix church and politics, but was convinced by her mother that “politics is still in the church.” Her father, she says, told her that the Bible “is one of the most intense political texts ever written.”
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“Voting is an act of faith,” preached Abrams, who urged his listeners to “get the job done”.
McAuliffe made appearances at various churches and later joined Abrams at an outdoor campaign event.
Abrams’ exhortation echoed that of Vice President Kamala Harris, who urged parishioners to vote in a video that will be shown during morning services in more than 300 black churches in Virginia through election day. .
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“I think my friend Terry McAuliffe is the leader Virginia needs right now,” Harris said in the video, according to CNN. She also praises what she describes as “McAuliffe’s long history of getting things done for the people of Virginia.”
Critics have criticized political campaigns in churches as a violation of federal tax law, according to The Washington Examiner.
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“In 1954, Congress approved an amendment by Senator Lyndon Johnson prohibiting 501 (c) (3) organizations, which include charities and churches, from engaging in any political campaign activity,” according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). “Because Congress has revised the ban over the years, it has actually strengthened the ban. The most recent change came in 1987 when Congress changed the wording to make it clear that the ban is also applies to statements opposing candidates. “
Neither church responded to Fox News’ request for comment in time for publication.
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