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Mon Nov 23, 2020, 05:07 PM

Opinion: Georgia Senate race reminds Republicans they don't have a lock on 'God talk'

The Rev. Raphael Warnock is not just a candidate in one of the pivotal US Senate runoffs in Georgia, he's also a successor to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Like King, Warnock roots his call for the government to respect the God-given dignity of all people in his faith.

This powerful appeal for Democrats is leading Republicans to launch an all-out attack on Warnock's faith. The GOP response is evidence that Democrats, too, have a claim to religious and moral arguments. And, like Warnock, Democrats should not be afraid to claim them.

"A fundamental part of Warnock's worldview, like King's, is that the gospel should inform politics, and politics are essential to the work of the church," The Atlantic wrote about Warnock's campaign. "I'm an activist preacher," he told the magazine. "I don't see how I could lift up that gospel on Sunday, and then fight to get rid of health care in the richest country in the world in the middle of a global pandemic on the floor of the United States Senate."

Warnock is not new to national politics. For years, he's been a powerful advocate for social justice and even received national attention for leading the funeral services for the late Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who was a member at Ebenezer.


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