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Faith Briefs for Oct. 28

Election Day prayer service Nov. 3

An Election Day prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 3, at Holy Redeemer Church. All are welcome as we pray for our country.

Pancake breakfast Sunday

A pro-life pancake, egg and sausage breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday in Holy Redeemer Church basement, Marshall, sponsored by Birthright of Marshall. Everyone welcome. Free will offering.

Wis. candidate says ‘leftists’ can’t be Christians

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Congress in western Wisconsin said during a campaign stop last week that “leftists” cannot be Christians.

“There are many God-fearing Christians who are Democrats, there’s not a single God-fearing Christian that is a leftist, because those two things are incompatible,” said Derrick Van Orden, a Donald Trump-endorsed retired Navy SEAL who was photographed on or near the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, after rioters breached the building.

Van Orden is running in Wisconsin’s open 3rd Congressional District against Democrat Brad Pfaff. Van Orden made the comments at a prayer breakfast in the city of Sparta.

Van Orden called for a return to Judeo-Christian values that he said “this country was based on.” His comments were first reported by the La Crosse Tribune, which received an audio recording from Pfaff.

In a statement to the Tribune, Van Orden said his comments were referencing communism, which “abolishes all religion, and all morality.” However, Van Orden has referred to Pfaff, whose only political membership is with the Democratic Party, as a “radical leftist.”

“As a God-fearing, practicing Lutheran, I am really really disappointed. I’m outraged by comments like that,” Pfaff told the Tribune.

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