February 22, 2005

BACK IN BLACK:

Black Contract with America on Moral Values: A new contract with America is in the works; this one, dealing with moral issues and relies on Christians of all races. (Keith Peters, 2/21/05, Family.org)

The Contract with America worked wonders for the Republican Party back in 1994 — can a similar strategy work for black pastors wanting to raise issues? A coalition of prominent black pastors is taking on the ambitious idea but with one major difference — this contract hinges on moral values. The coalition hopes everyone joins them in supporting what they term the "Black Contract with America on Moral Values."

According to Bishop Harry Jackson, the Black Contract with America on Moral Values aims at combining two specific biblical concepts — rghteousness and justice.

Bishop Jackson said predominantly black churches have traditionally supported justice issues, while predominantly white churches have largely supported righteousness issues. Jackson hopes to build a consensus through the contract, which emphasizes things like family, education, prison reform, health care and wealth creation. Bishop Frank Stewart of the Black American Family Christian Agenda calls the contract a "a new paradigm" based on a strong defense of the Christian faith.

"We're in a philosophical war, and when you start fighting collectively, as many of the liberal groups are doing — fighting my faith — I'm putting my gloves on," Stewart said.

Bishop Jackson, meanwhile, said the coalition wants Washington and the media to notice.

"Black America doesn't think the way political pundits . . . say we think," Jackson said. "Black America doesn't think the way some people who are self-proclaimed spokespersons say (we think.) The polls speak differently. We speak differently."

The coalition hopes to get a million signatures on the Black Contract with America on Moral Values by the end of the year. They hope Christians of all colors join them.


Posted by Orrin Judd at February 22, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

-- The polls speak differently. We speak differently."--

Votes don't.

They have a lot of work ahead of them.

Posted by: Sandy P at February 22, 2005 10:58 AM

Drop the big one, see what happens.

Posted by: Luciferous at February 22, 2005 2:42 PM
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