A new poll finds that when it comes to opposing abortion, white evangelicals stand out from the rest of Americans who claim a faith. But a cultural analyst says those statistics are missing a key part of the population.
According to the AP/NORC poll, roughly two-thirds of white evangelical Protestants support significant restrictions on abortion. That compares with only 39 percent of white mainline Protestants and 33 percent of "nonwhite" Protestants. But Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder of the conservative Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), says one cannot lump all nonwhite Protestants together.
"They probably talked to people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the Congressional Black Caucus," he suggests. "Those people don't represent the real black people."
Peterson says a healthy and growing population of socially conservative blacks are pro-life for the same reason white evangelicals are: "A lot of black people would tell you that they are Christians, and there's some things that they have not totally caved into. And I believe that most black people are against abortion."
"I run into a lot of blacks and so far, most of them are pro-life – they're not for abortion," he testifies.
The pastor, author, and talk-show host contends that a movement afoot in the African-American community has a lot of them changing allegiances.
"This so-called 'leadership' thing, it's starting to fall apart," he says, referring to individuals like Jackson and Sharpton. "The liberal blacks don't have as much control over the hearts and minds and the way the blacks think anymore."
Peterson's book SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America documents what he calls "the fraud and wickedness of false leaders" like Jackson, Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan, Maxine Waters, the NAACP, and the Congressional Black Caucus.
As for the AP/NORC poll, Peterson says he learned not to put too much stock into them since the 2016 presidential election.