Pulpit Politics

Bush and Quayle once again need the support of evangelical Christians, but this year those voters can turn to two Baptist candidates: Clinton and Gore

The Rev. Louis Sheldon, wearing the badges and buttons of an alternate delegate from California, took time out from convention proceedings to recall his brief fling with the Democrats. He met Jimmy Carter in 1976 while serving as the pastor of a Charismatic church in Anaheim. "He was the first professing evangelical Christian ((candidate)) in my time," Sheldon said. "His religious bent seemed to rise above the campaign." So Sheldon switched parties and became a Democrat, introduced Carter to other ministers and attended a White House reception when Carter took office. A disillusioned Sheldon soon rejoined the G.O.P. however, because "I...

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