A popular, but simplistic, political view of the country is that of “red states” and “blue states.” While it may be useful shorthand for TV talking heads, it doesn’t tell us much about the diverse people populating those states. Too often this shorthand is also used for social issues such as marriage equality and religious groups, as well. So are there “red churches” and “blue churches?” Joining Welton this week is the Rev. Delman Coates, a leading voice for social justice and an unapologetic advocate for some positions that are assumed to be unpopular in Black Christian communities. The Rev. Coates is the senior pastor of the 8,000-person congregation of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland.

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