A group of more than 100 African American religious leaders has signed a letter that describes Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s shots at Rev. Raphael Warnock, her Democratic opponent in next month’s Senate runoff races in Georgia, as “an attack on the Black Church.”
The letter from the coalition, mostly consisting of Georgia clergy, calls for Loeffler “to cease your false attacks on Reverend Warnock’s social justice theological and faith traditions which visualizes a just and ardent world where love, fairness and equal justice under the law for marginalized people of all races is not only accepted as an authentic prophetic message in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, but also a central message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Loeffler shot back at the pastors’ allegations, saying her opponent was “playing the victim.”
“No one attacked the Black church,” she tweeted Sunday. “We simply exposed your record in your own words. Instead of playing the victim, start answering simple questions about what you’ve said and who you’ve associated yourself with. If you can’t — you shouldn’t be running for U.S. Senate.”
Loeffler and Warnock are among four candidates running in two separate runoff races in Georgia on Jan. 5. GOP incumbent David Perdue will face Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff, with the two races to decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.