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    Latvian Lutheran Church urges believers to bear in mind Christian values when voting in general elections

    RIGA, July 10 (LETA) - The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia (ELCL) has called on the believers to bear in mind Christian values when voting in the upcoming general elections.

    The church said in a press release that it was urging the believers to ask questions about the matters important to Lutherans during the election campaign, to study the election programs and to make their choice in the elections "in line with the teachings of the Bible and the Church".

    The ELCL underlined that in Latvia the church was separated from the state and since 1998 it had been recommending the clergymen to abstain from voicing their opinion about the political parties and politicians when speaking in the church or wearing robes as well as to make sure that nobody else used the church for political campaigning.

    At the same time, the members of the ELCL are the Latvian citizens and have the right and the obligation to vote in the elections, the church said.

    In order to help the believers "to make a well-considered and responsible decision," the ELCL invites people to e-mail to the church their questions about the matters important to Lutherans. The ELCL will then forward those questions to the political parties running in the general elections and will be expecting answers.

    The last time the ELCL made inquiries to the candidates in the Latvian general elections was in 1998.

    • Published: 10.07.2018 19:01
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