Obama Election Shows Racial Divide in Church

NEW YORK (AP) - Barack Obama's election to the presidency has done little to bridge the racial divide in American churches. In fact, some clergy say it has only underscored their differences.

While non-white Christians voted overwhelmingly for Obama, most white Christians backed John McCain, according to exit polls.

Several black clergy say criticism of Obama by some white Christians over his religious beliefs and support for abortion rights crossed the line, hurting efforts to reconcile their communities.

But conservative Christian leaders, both black and white, say moral issues like abortion and gay rights are paramount and transcended race in this election.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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