The pastor who persuaded the Southern Baptist Convention to adopt a resolution this summer denouncing display of the Confederate flag says he will vote for Hillary Clinton Nov. 8, because the biggest pro-life issue at stake in this election is the shooting of unarmed African-American males by police.
Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, said in a blog Oct. 5 that while many evangelicals not enamored by either major party candidate say they will reluctantly vote for Donald Trump because Clinton would appoint Supreme Court justices who support abortion rights, he has no confidence that a Trump presidency would do anything to limit access to abortion or defend traditional marriage.
McKissic, who after years of voting for Republicans now regards himself a political independent, said he was planning to vote for a write-in or third party candidate until he heard Clinton and Trump respond in the recent presidential debate to the question what they would do to bring healing to America’s racial divide.
McKissic said Trump’s answer to the question was essentially “law and order” and “stop and frisk.”
“I thought to myself: you’ve got to be kidding me,” McKissic wrote. “That spoke volumes to me. He saw black people as criminals. In order to heal the racial divide, his solution would be to stop and frisk my 12 grandchildren and, upon sight, see them as in need of law and order supervision. His answer was horrifying to me.”
McKissic, in the past a single-issue voter opposed to abortion and same-sex marriage, said people being mistreated by police, regardless of the color of their skin, “is just as much a quality of life issue as abortion.”
“Police brutality is one of the most pressing, unresolved social issues of our time,” he said. “It certainly is a life and quality of life matter. It will certainly impact the environment my grandchildren are raised in. Therefore, I must ask myself which candidate will do a better job and be more objective and fair in making sure the citizens and the police are being treated fairly? Who best understands and empathizes with both sides of this issue? Whose justice system and attorney general’s office would I rather see be involved in these matters?”
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SOURCE: Associated Baptist Press