The updated statement points out that the church values all its members including Carson, a famed neurosurgeon.
Individual Adventists can support whatever candidates they like.
“This position is based both on our historical position of separation of church and state and the applicable federal law relating to the church’s tax-exempt status….
Care should be taken that the pulpit and all church property remain a neutral space when it comes to elections.” Carson’s Adventist faith would likely shape his priorities if elected.
Among those beliefs: a strong emphasis on health and wellness, reports Kay Campbell, Huntsville-based religion writer for
Update (May 8): It’s not just young Baptist pastors who are worried about mixing religion and politics when it comes to Ben Carson’s campaign for president.
Carson backed out of speaking at a gathering of Southern Baptist pastors recently, after some young pastors objected to his theology and to having a politician speak at their conference.