Friday, September 3, 2021

Pew Research Center, Pastors Often Discussed Election, Pandemic, and Racism in Fall of 2020

DownloadOver the summer the Pew Research Center released an analysis of sermons during the run-up to the 2020 election. Its conclusions included:

  • "[A]mong churches that posted their sermons, homilies or worship services online between Aug. 31 and Nov. 8, 2020, two-thirds posted at least one message from the pulpit mentioning the election." 
  • There were significant variations between major Christian groups (Catholic, mainline Protestant, historically Black Protestant, and evangelical Protestant), including with respect to language used and the proportion of sermons that discussed specific issues, parties, or candidates.
  • "[R]elatively few pastors openly stumped for particular candidates or parties," although some sermons clearly favored either Republicans or Democrats.

Hattip: EO Tax Journal

Lloyd Mayer

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