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Friday, October 19, 2018

San Antonio Event Aims to Energize Religious Progressives for the Midterms

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 10:33 AM

click to enlarge A Vote Common Good speaker addresses the crowd at an event in Omaha, Neb. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • A Vote Common Good speaker addresses the crowd at an event in Omaha, Neb.
Polls may suggest evangelicals are unwavering in their support of President Trump, but an event scheduled for Monday in San Antonio looks to upset that assumption.

The Vote Common Good bus tour
is hitting 31 cities this fall, urging people of faith to help push swing districts into Democratic hands. Its organizers are counting on some Christians — evangelical and otherwise — being turned off enough by Trump's record on immigration, human rights and other issues to want congressional checks on his power. 

"There are a lot of evangelicals who feel homeless right now," said Doug Pagitt, the Minnesota pastor who leads Vote Common Good. "They watched the theological takeover of their faith, then they watched a Trumpian political takeover of their country."

San Antonio's event will feature Democrats Gina Ortiz Jones, who's running to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, and Joseph Kopser, who's vying for the district vacated by climate change-denial poster boy Lamar Smith. It starts at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Presbyterian Church.

The tour began early this month in Allentown, Penn., and will end just before the midterms in Fresno, California. While its aim is to put Democrats in control of Congress, Pagitt said the group has no party affiliation.

"We're calling for the common good," he said. "And, in these circumstances and in this election, the common good means flipping Congress."

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