The Presidential Election and Faith

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There is no doubt in the mind of the Rev. Carl White, pastor of Highland Baptist Church in Meridian, that President Bush won the support of the majority of churchgoing people.

"I think that the way the issues unfolded this election, that George W. Bush truly connected with people of faith," White said. "Not just Christians or Protestants. I think that Protestants, Catholics, and Jews that share a common Judeo-Christian heritage that he connected very strongly with people of faith."

Paster White said, however, he put a neutral reminder in the church bulletin before the election.

"I reminded our members our duty as Christians is to support and pray for our political leaders, whether we voted for him or not," said White.

Dr. Thad Moore, pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, said he agreed President Bush's references to his faith worked in his favor.

"The scenes we see of George Washington kneeling and praying were for a reason. He actually did that. Abraham Lincoln said on more than one occasion while he was in the White House he was driven to his knees with the firm conviction that he had no other place to go," said Moore. "Americans want their president to pray. They want their president to consult God and they want their president to be right on moral issues."

Moore was asked if he thought the Republicans connected with the public better on those issues than did the Democrats.

"I don't think there's any question about it," said Moore. "But I think more importantly than the Republican Party, I think George Bush did. He shares his faith openly without being obnoxious about it and Americans appreciate that."

More said, in his opinion, this country is turning back to more traditional values and the election showed it.