The Pew Research Center asserts that while partisanship appears to be the largest factor dividing Americans’ political views, perhaps surprisingly, the Democrat party is divided by race, especially where faith and marriage are concerned.
“[B]lack Democrats [are] much more likely than white Democrats to associate belief in God with morality and less likely to say that same-sex marriage has been good for society,” Pew observed in a report on a survey of 9,895 U.S. adults, conducted September 3-15.
The report continued:
Black Democrats have long been more likely than white Democrats to describe themselves as Christian and to attend religious services more frequently.
These differences are reflected in sharp divides between black and white Democrats and Democratic leaners in opinions related to faith and religion. White Democrats are nearly twice as likely as black Democrats to say that it is not necessary to believe in God in order for a person to be moral (89% vs. 44%).
When it comes to issues of faith and marriage, Pew noted the views of black Democrats are more similar to those of Republicans than to white Democrats.
Among Republicans surveyed, 53 percent said belief in God is not necessary for morality, while 46 percent said faith is necessary:
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On the issue of marriage, black and white Democrats show great discrepancies in views of same-sex marriage.
Of those surveyed, 88 percent of white Democrats said the legalization of same-sex marriage is a positive social value, while only 52 percent of black Democrats voiced the same view.
Many leaders of the black church, for example, for whom faith in God and traditional marriage between one man and one woman are primary values, support President Donald Trump, whose administration has made religious liberty a central focus.
In a press statement this week, Rev. Bill Owens, president of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP), spoke in support of Trump as Democrats in Congress seek his impeachment.
Owens, who with his wife, Deborah, coauthored A Dream Derailed: How the Left Hijacked Civil Rights to Create a Permanent Underclass, said:
We are closing 2019 with an opportunity to make a firm stand against the hatred of President Donald Trump by political rivals and many of their constituents. This is a dark day in America, but we can overcome it. I am calling on Black Americans and all Americans to stand up against this hate-filled agenda. Stand up for what is right and fair. Refuse to join the hate crowd, and support President Donald Trump and his positive agenda.
The Church of God in Christ (COGIC), one of the largest historically black Protestant churches in the U.S., also recently announced it had unanimously passed a resolution that affirms the value and dignity of all human life and condemns elective abortion – an issue highly associated with faith values.
Timothy Head, executive director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition and Rev. Dean Nelson, executive director of Human Coalition Action, noted at the Washington Examiner:
Something remarkable just happened in St. Louis that you probably didn’t hear about. The Church of God in Christ, a seven-million-member black denomination, unanimously passed a historic resolution affirming the value and dignity of every human life and opposing the practice of elective abortion in America.
A key excerpt from the Resolution on the Sanctity of Human Life reads:
COGIC is one of the largest historically black Protestant denominations, which also include the National Baptist Convention, the National Baptist Convention of America, the Progressive National Convention, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Like these other groups, COGIC does not have a history of institutional involvement with causes typically associated with the Republican Party. Yet given the direction that abortion policy is moving in this country, its leaders felt compelled to act.
Owens told Breitbart News that abortion has “decimated the black community and is in opposition to our faith.”
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