With Trump at the Top of its Ticket, the GOP Needs to Clam Up about Christianity, says Art Sherwood

NC State Senate candidate says ‘Enough is enough’ with the ‘Christian candidates’ and ‘Sharia law’ nonsense

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October 21, 2016 

crossLENOIR, N.C. Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for N.C. Senate District 45, today said that attempts by Republican poll workers to paint the GOP as the ‘Christian party’ and accusing Democrats of wanting to impose Islamic Sharia law are an affront to American and Christian values.

Sherwood said, “After just two days of early voting in North Carolina, I have witnessed some outrageous claims by the Republican Party that simply can’t go unchallenged. The first is that the GOP sample ballot has the “Christian candidates’ as Republican poll workers have been asserting.  I know the GOP does not hold exclusive ownership of Christianity, because it is my Christian faith that led to me to seek office – proudly as a Democrat – in the first place. Secondly, I and others have witnessed GOP poll workers – right here in Lenoir – tell voters that Democrats support imposing Sharia law in North Carolina. That is an outright lie.”

He continued, “Since when did lying become acceptable in the Bible? I guess when winning elections at any cost trumps one’s so-called Christian values.” He added, “In fact, with the vulgar Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket, claims by Republican poll workers that the GOP represents Christian values is laughable.”

He concluded, “It’s also dangerous. Enough is enough.”

He explained, “As I stated the other day, though there is much I hope to accomplish as a state senator, I want to start by addressing the damage caused by the misappropriation of Christian beliefs by conservatives for political gain. Well, I’m more motivated than ever to point out that the GOP is not only deceptive about Christian values, it is causing great harm to Christianity by claiming exclusive ownership of it. That offends me on behalf of the Christian faith. That is why I have begun releasing a series of videos on Real North Carolina values. The first video, ‘Restoring Real North Carolina Values: Civility’ is on our home page.”

Sherwood continued, “In addition, I am compelled to do something that reveals just how strongly I feel about this. I am going to offer a brief history of how I came to be a Christian and how my faith guides my life. Additionally, I hope you’ll also take time to read my position paper, ‘Faith in Politics and Government.’ There, I lay out in great detail how my Christian faith will guide my decision-making. But I assure you I will never show preference to any religious faith as I weigh political decisions.

“Also, before sharing my faith journey, I must pause to remind all believers, ‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged’ (Matthew 7:1). I am not going to judge the faith of Republicans. But I will not let them define me as a non-Christian, because in doing so, they are also attacking the Christian faith.”

Art Sherwood

Art Sherwood

Sherwood shared, “So here goes. My grandfather was a Baptist minister. Every moment the church doors were open, my parents had me in church. One can’t live in that environment and not make a decision for himself about the faith. So, at the age of 11 I made a profession of faith in my home church. Later, as a young college student, I made a commitment to Christ and a life of full time Christian service. However, full time ‘Christian service’ doesn’t mean one has to work in a ministry; it simply means one lives out their Christian faith in their vocation – as I did in serving veterans and others with spinal cord injuries.”

He continued, “I would add that in college, the Baptist Student Union was incredibly valuable to my faith development. I also served ten years as a trustee at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and have been deeply involved in leadership positions of every church I’ve been associated with, wherever our vocations have taken us.”

Sherwood concluded, “So, if people don’t want to vote for me because they don’t agree with me on the issues, that’s fine. But I will not stand by and let others say people should not vote for me because I am not a Christian. It’s a lie straight out of the pit of hell.”

Senate District 45 includes five counties – Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga. Sherwood is a resident of Caldwell County. Early voting begins Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 5. Election Day is Nov. 8.

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To speak with Art Sherwood, please call (828) 434-0563. To speak with Campaign Manager Michael Barrick, please call (828) 434-8520.

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