What ‘moral values’ means to black Christians

Let’s face it: When the mainstream media refer to “liberal vs. conservative” divides in the world of religion, they are usually referring to white people.

In the world of African-American Christianity, you need a whole different framework.

We all know that black Christians tend to be “liberal” on social issues. But they are often “conservative” when it comes to theology and how they understand Scripture, not to mention “moral” issues like abortion and gay marriage.

The Washington Post’s Krissah Williams does a good job “here”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/25/AR2007112501223.html explaining why black evangelicals are torn politically.

Pastor Lyle Dukes of Harvest Life Changers Church in Woodbridge, Va., said:

Morality is different in terms of the way we see it and white evangelicals see it. What we think is moral is not only the defense of marriage, but we also think equal education is a moral issue. We think discrimination is immoral.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.