Ben Carson Appoints Evangelical Johnnie Moore As Faith Advisor

Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Evangelical millennial Johnnie Moore has been appointed as Christian Faith Adviser to Ben Carson’s presidential campaign.

Ben Carson, the GOP presidential contender, announced Johnnie Moore's appointment as an adviser for Christian outreach duties in Carson’s campaign. When Moore accepts the position, Carson will get the coveted pass to use one of the biggest names in the evangelical scene. This is vital as he faces tough competition in Iowa.

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Johnnie Moore describes himself as a humanitarian and best selling author. He claims to have extensively worked with genocidal victims in Rwanda, Bosnia and the Middle East. He also claims to have visited one of the biggest refugee camps in the world.

In his book, Defying ISIS, Moore says that he witnessed the present refugee crisis in Middle East in 2014. His experience was first-hand and met a number of important dignitaries, like Catholic Cardinals, Orthodox Patriarchs and also King of Jordan. He also visited other important establishments like the U.N., important NGOs and Iraqi government members. Moore claims to have met a large number of refugees at that time.

All these resulted in Moore establishing The Cradle Fund. It is described as a non-profit organization concentrated on offering quick humanitarian assistance. The purpose is to rescue, restore and then return the Christians who are displaced from their homeland to practice their faith without any fear. Moore is prominent in media, with a number of appearances on major television, radio and print medium. He is also active in social media.

Moore's appointment as Carson's faith adviser follows the news of another GOP presidential candidate, Marco Rubio having picked Eric Teetsel, a high profile millennial doing evangelical duties. Teetsel was the leader of Manhattan Declaration, an important effort that cobbled together a collection of Catholics, Orthodox Christians, and conservative evangelicals on issues of religious liberty, traditional marriage and “sanctity of life”. He has also worked with American Enterprise Institute for a project with the aim to attract college students in a blend of free enterprise and Christianity.

The faith outreach scenario in the 2016 presidential race is complex, with a number of issues plaguing the candidates. The range of issues start from within the U.S. movement “Black Lives Matter” to refugee policy and extends all the way to fighting the Islamic State. The dialogue has been packaged in both religious and secular terms, thus leading to a number of different conclusions, depending on the listener's perspective. White evangelicals make a significant proportion of GOP voters. 


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