As the presidential election campaigns grind toward November’s moment of truth, churchmen are getting into the act—on both sides. Viet Nam, parochaid, abortion, welfare, busing, amnesty, and Middle East aid are issues that are polarizing the religious constituency.
One group of evangelicals—aiming to demolish the “conservative-theology-equals-conservative-politics” stereotype—formed an Evangelicals for McGovern (EFM) committeeEFM members: Walden Howard, Faith at Work; evangelist Tom Skinner; Ronald J. Sider, Messiah College; Lewis Smedes, Fuller Seminary; David O. Moberg, Marquette University; Editor John Alexander, The Other Side; Gilbert James, As- bury Seminary; Robert W. Webber, Wheaton College; C. J. Dyck, Mennonite Biblical Seminary; William Harper, Gordon College; Richard V. Pierard, Indiana State University; Stephen Monsma, Calvin College; Deane Kemper, Gordon-Conwell Seminary; Paul Leatherman, Mennonite Central Committee; Anthony Campolo, Eastern Baptist College; author Columbus Salley (Your God Is Too White); Editor Roger Dewey, Inside; William Johnson, Bethel College; Robert Ives, Messiah College. dedicated to raising funds and pushing their candidate as the one who most closely adheres to biblical principles of social justice. The pitch was made to 8,000 evangelical leaders in a letter from EFM chairman Walden Howard, editor of Faith at Work. Most evangelicals, however, will probably follow the lead of evangelist Billy Graham, who announced at a Florida press conference last month that he intends to vote for President Nixon.
Other religious groups have not been forgotten by the candidates. Senator George McGovern, who pastored a Methodist church in student days (see August 11 issue, page 34), has a highly organized ...1
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