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.

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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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