3 evangelical leaders ask McConnell and Grimes to participate in forums

August 04, 2014 | | Comments 0

McConnellGrimesBy Jack Brammer

FRANKFORT — Three Kentucky evangelical leaders are inviting Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates – Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes — to participate in three forums “to explore matters of concern to evangelical Christians.”

A news release Monday about the forums said McConnell has accepted the invitation and Grimes is reviewing it.

The two candidates appeared together over the weekend at the Fancy Farm political picnic in Graves County and have agreed to appear at a forum hosted by Kentucky Farm Bureau on Aug. 20.

Grimes has also accepted an invitation to debate on Kentucky Educational Television in October. McConnell has not yet said whether he will attend that debate.

McConnell offered a day after the May primary elections to participate in three “Lincoln-Douglas-style” debates with Grimes before Labor Day with no audience. She declined the offer, but challenged McConnell to debate her on KET and in Beattyville and Pikeville during a speech Saturday at the Fancy Farm picnic in far Western Kentucky.

“We’ve had discussions with multiple outlets about debates and some are more advanced than others,” Josh Holmes, an advisor to McConnell, said Sunday.

The issues forums offered Monday will be hosted by R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention; and Bob Russell, retired senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville.

They will be held Aug. 14 at Eastwood Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Aug. 20 at Highview Baptist Church’s East Campus in Louisville and Aug. 28 at Somerset Christian School in Somerset.

“The purpose of these forums will be to consider the urgent issues now presented to evangelical Christians in American society and in the engagement with our culture,” Mohler said in a news release.

Topics for discussion mentioned by Mohler included “family, marriage, the sanctity of life and religious liberty.”

Russell also mentioned “the freedom to evangelize, racial equality, the persecution of Christians in foreign countries, caring for the poor, justice in the courtroom, defining a just war and the proper treatment of immigrants.”

Each event will begin at 11 a.m. The hosts will moderate an hour of questions and answers with the candidates, who are expected to appear separately. The public is invited to attend the events, which are free.

McConnell is a member of Southeast Christian Church and Grimes is a member of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Lexington.

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