Pastors: Loeffler's campaign against Warnock is 'broader attack against the Black church'
More than 100 religious leaders have signed an open letter to Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) Calling for the "false attacks" against Rev. Raphael Warnock, their "theological and religious traditions of social justice" to be launched democratic opponents, stop.
Warnock and Loeffler, who were appointed to their Senate seat for health reasons in 2019 after Johnny Isakson resigned, will battle it out on January 5 to win one of the two Georgia Senate runoff races. Warnock is the senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Throughout the campaign, Loeffler has tried to brand him a "radical" liberal and a "socialist", criticizing him for a 2011 sermon invoking the military and his support for women's reproductive rights.
In their letter, the religious leaders - mostly pastors from Georgia - urge Loeffler to "stop their false attacks on Rev. Warnock's theological and religious traditions of social justice that represent a just and passionate world in which love, fairness and equal justice are pursued the law for marginalized people of all races is accepted not only as an authentic prophetic message in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, but also as the central message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. "
Warnock has not said or written anything to suggest that he is a "socialist" or "radical," the letter reads, and leaders see Loeffler's "attack on Warnock as a broader attack on black church and faith traditions, that we stand for ".
The race between Warnock and Loeffler was full of controversy. Earlier this month, an open letter against Warnock was published by conservative black ministers, the Atlanta Journal's Constitution reports. Warnock also responded to criticism from two Orthodox rabbis who were angry about statements about the shooting of unarmed Palestinians by Israeli soldiers, saying he was "a staunch ally and supporter of Israel".
Loeffler was being investigated for stock sales at the start of the coronavirus pandemic when she received confidential information during Senate briefings. She has also spread unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud in Georgia, supported President Trump's attempt to dismiss the election results, and rallied during a rally with Chester Doles, a white supremacist and former KKK leader who marched in at the Unite the Right rally, for a photo is Charlottesville. Loeffler's election campaign later said she did not know who he was and would otherwise have removed him from the event.
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