American Family Association: As Second Debate Kicks Off Tonight, Americans Must be Educated About Candidates
TUPELO, Miss.—Americans will hear from 11 presidential hopefuls tonight, each of whom will share their plans for the nation, as a long election season is fully under way.
With the second GOP presidential debate airing at 8 p.m. ET tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 16) on CNN, American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) is calling on all Americans to educate themselves on where candidates from all parties stand on the issues that have reshaped, and in some cases, divided the country over the past several months. Four additional candidates will square off in an earlier debate at 6 p.m. ET.
“In this presidential election especially,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon, “all Americans must educate themselves on where the candidates from any party stand on important societal issues such as the sanctity of life—both for the unborn and at the end of life—traditional marriage and family, health care, the solidification of a nuclear deal with Iran, and the defunding of Planned Parenthood, as a 10th disturbing video has been released. These issues are too important to ignore or gloss over, especially as we head to the voting booth. There’s plenty of time to learn about the candidates, and now is a good time to start.”
A new study by the American Culture and Faith Institute found that nearly two-thirds of spiritually active Christian conservatives want their churches to be more active in the upcoming election than they had been in the past couple of election cycles, principal researcher George Barna told OneNewsNow, the news service of AFA.
“And two out of three of them (67 percent),” Barna continued, “said that they want their church to provide them with more information—more biblical teachings—about the issues that are so important in this election.”
Those issues, Barna’s research found, included abortion, religious freedom and persecution, sexual identity issues and same-sex marriage, how to think about and respond to Israel, poverty and cultural restoration.