ST. LOUIS (AP) The general assembly of the National Council of Churches issued a statement lamenting that ''discussion of moral values during the campaign resulted in the widely held perception of opposing Christian camps.''
The council, made up of U.S. mainline Protestant and Orthodox denominations, said ''what believers hold in common outweighs their differences'' and that shared ''Christian values include the work of eliminating poverty, preserving the environment and promoting peace.''
The organization listed such concerns among 10 ''Christian Principles in an Election Year'' it released last July. That statement said ''war is contrary to the will of God'' though sometimes necessary as a last resort; it did not address the religiously contested issues of abortion or gay marriage.
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