More Christians are saying black lives matter. But faith-based support for the police runs deep

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SALT LAKE CITY — Across the country, support for the Black Lives Matter movement is surging, including in religious communities.

Episcopal leaders projected the phrase onto the front of Washington National Cathedral. Bishop Mark Seitz, who heads the Catholic diocese of El Paso, Texas, held a Black Lives Matter sign at a peaceful protest last week. J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, called on Christians to embrace the statement Tuesday during a speech offered via Facebook Live.

“As a gospel issue, black lives matter. Of course, black lives matter. Our black brothers and sisters are made in the image of God.” Greear said.

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On Monday, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reiterated his support for the black community in a column written with leaders from the NAACP.

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