The national convention for the Church of God in Christ, a historically African-American congregation, is set to take place in St. Louis in November. 40,000 people are expected to attend to listen to influential speeches and musical acts.
According to Breitbart, Hillary’s campaign has reached out to the Church of God in Christ on multiple occasions. Hillary’s campaign denies they tried to land a speaking gig for their candidate.
Boston Pastor, Eugene Rivers III, confirmed to Breitbart that despite the repeated requests from Hillary, the church declined to offer her a platform because of her morals and changing beliefs. Rivers said that, “There is the perception among the political actors from both parties that the black church are useful idiots who will be called upon at the last minute to function as ground troops, but there is no respect apparently on either side of the aisle for the moral perspectives of the black church.”
The large Christian denomination has over 6 million members worldwide and 12,000 churches in the United States. In other words, they have a vast reach of influence throughout the faith community. Clinton desperately wants to tap into the same source of votes that stood behind Obama’s run for the presidency in 2008.
The refusal to allow Hillary to speak doesn’t mean that the church is lending support to the Republicans. “Republicans have no interest in social justice for the poor and Democrats don’t believe that the unborn have rights and refuse to respect our beliefs on our understanding on marriage,” River said.
It remains to be seen which candidate, if any, the church will support.