The Democratic Party has brought back on board a faith advisor to solve its "God problem."
The political party that booed putting God in their platform at their 2012 convention – and then booed a prayer at their 2016 convention – has alienated itself from most of America's evangelical community, as evidenced by the fact that 80 percent of white evangelicals who voted in the last presidential election sided with the opposition's candidate: Donald Trump. Fox News labels that the Democrats' "God problem."
To help bridge the faith divide, the Democratic National Committee enlisted Union Theological Seminary of New York vice president Dr. Derrick Harkins – a former Washington, DC pastor who during a sermon said this to homosexuals:
Harkins: "You don't have to apologize for who you are. What a scathing insult it is to the creative hand of God for there to be a term like 'reparative therapy' to even exist."
It's not the first time Harkins has joined forces with the Democrats. Before taking his post at Union Theological Seminary, he served as director of faith outreach for the Democratic Party and was an advisor to President Barack Obama. Before that he served on the board of Sojourners, a progressive evangelical organization.
Dr. Robert Jeffress, an evangelical faith advisor to President Donald Trump, says Democrats want to appeal to people of faith.
"That's why you've seen people like Cory Booker or Elizabeth Warren or Pete Buttigieg talk about their so-called 'faith in God,'" says Jeffress. "But make no mistake about it: the god they're talking about is an imaginary god they've created in their own minds – a god who loves abortion and hates Israel."
As for Harkins, Jeffress says the Democrats have chosen the wrong man. "Union Seminary is an absolutely liberal, godless seminary. They couldn't find the real God if they had a searchlight," he tells OneNewsNow.
In early 2015, when Harkins was hired to his current post at Union, the seminary president described him as "a perfect fit" to lead the school's "conversation about the connections between faith, scholarship, and social justice" – and to take advantage of "an incredible opportunity to reimagine seminary education." According to the school, he's also been "an active voice in the debate for comprehensive immigration reform."