US election spotlight mostly bypasses mainline Protestants

NEW YORK — The images were vivid: President Donald Trump brandishing a Bible outside an Episcopal church in Washington that had been boarded up amid racial injustice protests. Episcopal leaders reacted with outrage at what they deemed a cynical photo-op.

“He didn’t say a prayer. … It was used as a matter of partisan politics,” said Michael Curry, the denomination’s presiding bishop.

That flare-up was notable for another reason. It’s one of the few times that a mainline Protestant…

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