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This Is the Biggest Issue for Evangelical Voters Right Now

05-25-2016
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The Republican National Committee's faith liaison says the Supreme Court vacancy is the biggest issue on evangelical's minds right now.

"We're going to be looking at a Supreme Court that could be vastly different going forward," Chad Connelly, RNC's director of faith engagement, said.

Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NALEC), also told CBN News recently that he believes issues like the high court will drive Latino evangelicals to the polls in November.

"They know that there's alot at stake," Salguero said.

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Feb. 13 left a vacancy on the court that Senate Republicans have vowed not to fill until the next president is elected.

Other justices are advancing in age and the next president may need to fill their seats. Justice Anthony Kennedy turns 80 this year and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently turned 83.

Connelly said religious liberty is one of the top considerations for evangelicals thinking about future Supreme Court justices. He's traveling across the country and working with pastors and other religious leaders to emphasize voter registration.

"Voting is not political, it's spiritual," Connelly said. "It's our witness and testimony to the community."

For evangelicals that don't like Republican candidate Donald Trump, Connelly says they should consider what each party stands for. He argues that the Republican party better represents Christian values.

"Nobody's perfect, no man's perfect," Connelly said, adding, "our party pays attention to those things."

Connelly said the two reported meetings Trump has planned with evangelicals next month reflect exactly what a Republican presidential candidate should do.

"You don't leave anybody out, especially not the base," he said.

CBN's David Brody reported this week that Trump will speak to a large group of conservative Christians on June 10 at the Faith and Freedom's Road to Majority conference in Washington, D.C.

Other media are reporting that Trump will meet with several hundred evangelical leaders in New York City on June 21.

Chad Connelly, RNC's director of faith engagement, spoke more with CBN News about the importance of religious liberty in this election. Click play to watch.

 

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