News Headlines: Nevada Caucus on Sabbath a Hindrance for Some Adventists, Jews

Nevada Caucus on Sabbath a Hindrance for Some Adventists, Jews. Seventh-day Adventists and religious Jews missed out on the opportunity to participate in Nevada's Democratic primary election process because the state's caucuses were held on Saturday. Nevada's Jewish community members said the timing of Saturday caucuses are "disappointing." In 2012, Republicans caucused on a Saturday, yet an alternate time was arranged after sundown for those whose religious convictions dictated that they not participate in Sabbath caucusing. From CBS News, "Jewish and Seventh-day Adventist Voters Left Out of Nevada Democratic Caucuses."

Adventist Health in Florida Pays $2 Million Government Fine. Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare in Altamonte Springs, Florida, will pay the government $2 million to settle allegations that it gave patients chemotherapy drugs that were left over from other patients. The settlement did not include any determination of liability. Adventist HSSH said in a statement that “while we believe a number of the allegations in the litigation were overbroad and incorrect, in 2012 we voluntarily self-disclosed, rectified billing issues, and refunded monies to the government related to this issue.” Adventist said it has since implemented new procedures, supervisory protocols, training and electronic dosing. From Modern Healthcare, "Adventist Health System will pay $2M over allegations of using leftover chemo."

Adventist Coach Misses State Tourney to Keep Sabbath. Zach Gillion, the girls basketball coach at Northeast High in Oakland Park, Florida, chose not to attend his team's first state championship game because the game was played on Sabbath afternoon. Northeast requested the game time be moved, and the players had threatened not to compete without Gillion. But once the schedule was posted, the team agreed to play without its coach. Previously, the Florida High School Athletic Association had changed the schedule for Gillion twice during the playoffs. “It was gut-wrenching,” Gillion told USA TODAY Sports. “But I told the girls that they were playing. I appreciated the gesture (of the threatened boycott). But I told them that this was a platform for them." From USA Today High School Sports,"Florida coach who missed state final because of religious beliefs opens up about decision."

Loma Linda University Health Docs Re-implant Girl's Face. Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) doctors successfully re-implanted a portion of a two-year-old girl’s face after she was attacked by a dog. A team of specialists, including otolaryngologists Drs. Nathaniel Peterson and Paul Walker, acted immediately to develop a plan to re-implant her face. The procedure, which took five hours under a surgical microscope, had never been attempted on such a young patient. From PR Web, "Doctors at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital perform unprecedented facial re-implantation surgery on 2-year-old dog bite victim."

Ghana Conference Prez Decries Potential Fighting during Election Season. As Ghana elections near, Samuel B. Arloo, President of the Eastern Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist, urged Christians to use their energies to win others to Christ and not to spend time fighting. He was speaking at the Calvary Methodist Church at Adweso near Koforidua during the observation of the Bible Sunday. From Ghana Web, "Stay Away from Trouble, Christians Urged."

Hope Channel President Steps Down after 22 Years. Brad Thorp, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Hope Channel, is leaving the organization that he started in the 1990s. Over the past 22 years, he has overseen Hope Channel's development into a global television network. His wife Kandus Thorp, Hope Channel's vice president for international development, will continue overseeing new channel development and other projects for the time being. From Adventist Review, "Brad Thorp, Hope Channel’s Visionary President, Steps Aside."

Pam Dietrich taught English at Loma Linda Academy for 26 years and served there eight more years as the 7-12 librarian. She lives in Redlands, California.

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it’s an interesting question whether the sabbath should prevent an adventist from voting…according to
arthur white, son of our prophet, egw apparently didn’t think so…he quotes her as saying:

“Shall we vote for prohibition?” she asked. “Yes, to a man, everywhere,” she replied, “and perhaps I shall shock some of you if I say, if necessary, vote on the Sabbath day for prohibition if you cannot at any other time.” Arthur L. White, “Ellen G. White: The Lonely Years, 1876-1891” (Hagerstown, Md.: Review & Herald, 1984), vol. 3, p. 161.


I was just having a read of what they did. There is NOTHING WRONG with what they did, and this is just another example of why healthcare in the US is so expensive.

Must…must… Seventh day Adventists have rights to negotiate vetting the Democratic or GOP primary process mustn’t be held on Saturday coincides with their day of worship, and that right protected by law guaranteed by the Charter of Rights are upheld by every states in America? That day of worship entitlement meddle by America Democratic or GOP primaries? Is Adventism high up the pedestal harp on rights and entitlement so much that it messes up the true purpose of Keeping Sabbath made for man, and not man for the Sabbath? And not to negotiate not to vote on Sabbath the needs to make sure family life is not impacted adversely a family rest day?

Did the poll stations close before sundown?

Caucusing is a different process from simply stopping by a polling place and casting a ballot. It’s a lengthier and more involved process.

NPR reported back in 2012 that at the last Nevada caucus site to report on that day, caucusing didn’t begin until after sundown to accommodate Adventist and Jewish voters. So there is at least a small precedent of catering to Sabbath observers. That doesn’t seem to have been the case this time around.

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Does Dr Ben Carson campaign on Sabbath?Saturday?
If he does maybe the people in charge conclude that as far as politics are concerned the Sabbath is not that important.

On the other hand maybe it was a scheme by his Republican rivals to limit access to those who might support him.

Too bad the good doctor is involved with a party who has the likes of Trump and the guy born in Canada.The Bible warns us to be careful with whom we associate with.


Actually it was Democrats that caucused on Saturday. Republicans waited until Tuesday.


Actually, a recent PEW report indicates SDAs are about evenly split, with 12% independent.

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If Dr. Ben Carson has been campaigning and running for President on the Sabbath Day or 7th Day
isn’t that o.k.? After all isn’t he out to heal the nation? Are we as a church in support of this or are we to judge? We have doctors and nurses working on the Sabbath as well as other hospital staff
all who are working for money-they are not donating their time…and aren’t most procedures done on Sabbath-who screens what is acceptable and what is not? What oversight is there? .
. What about people who run motels, establishments that feed people…??
S.D.A. rest homes still charge by the day or if you run a mortuary?? A cafeteria in our institutions.
If you are a dean in one of our colleges you still work, or if you are a receptionist or campus police you still work Saturday no?? It takes a host of workers on Sabbath to keep Adventist institutions operational
I’m curious does the church determine or have a list of occupations that are acceptable to work at on Sabbath?
I really doubt such a list exists…so does it all boil down to doing only what is necessary on Saturday or that whatever the work as long as it is Adventist run or under the umbrella of an Adventist institution then one is in compliance like working on a broken water main or failed electrical issue or other necessary maintenance to keep a hospital or campus running on Saturday? So what do you do if you have a resort or a business that is basically generating income on the weekends?? A motel is a good example. Perhaps it has to do with whether or not one is doing the Lord’s work and whether or not it can be done outside of Adventism.
Do you sell out or give it up so as to be a Sabbath keeper? Even if you as an owner hire someone else to take your place-they are your maid servant etc. Because as I understand Adventism that is the cornerstone of the faith-and if you don’t keep the Sabbath day holy then isn’t one in violation of church doctrine or the legalism of Adventism? So if you don’t work within the frame work of an Adventist institution and are working on the Sabbath like Dr. Ben Carson outside of our institutions does that determine disobedience to the commandment? Perhaps some fundamentalist would say that is why his is not prospering and coming in last place in the election. Another question why are we afraid to proclaim ourselves as “Adventists” when we want to appeal to the world-seems we want to downplay this aspect-like when we hold health or radio broadcasts outreach programs etc. And wow didn’t our leadership spend a lot of money in Texas on Saturday for the Lord’s work?

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Now you’ve opened a can of worms :wink: Let’s see who is eager to address the many issues raised. As the church has written and spoken much on Sabbath observance, surely some official spokesperson has the ability to give some concise answer as people have been removed from membership for engaging in many of these activities on Sabbath.

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That passage alone is enough to make one at least question how inspired every statement by EGW was.

I mean prohibition was one of the most hare-brained and destructive laws in our country and did far more harm than good. It’s telling that there was a push for this at the same time that Adventists were counseled not to rock the boat when it came to Jim Crow or race relations more generally.

To clarify, I agree that Adventists were, relative to many other churches, pretty progressive on race. My main point was the focus on activism around prohibition is pretty hard to square with common sense, other political positions of the church, and the real world effects.

As to why they caucused on Saturday. I don’t agree with it, necessarily, but the logic is that holding it during a week day restricts far more people, who can’t get off work, at least not for long enough for the lengthy caucus process. For the general election, the solution would be better to have a national holiday on election day.


I believe Seventh-day Adventists, together with the Jewish community, should initiate legislation to prohibit voting and/or caucusing during the hours of the seventh-day Sabbath. Interestingly, I know of no state which holds such activities on Sunday. They shouldn’t be held on Sabbath either. After all, nearly every state holds such activities on Tuesdays. What’s the point in holding them on Saturday and thus restricting access to the process on the part of seventh-day Sabbath observers?

Ellen White’s counsel regarding the casting of votes during the Sabbath hours, if necessary, with regard to the prohibition issue, is significant and should not be forgotten. But this doesn’t mean Adventists and others who reverence the Sabbath hours shouldn’t seek to move such actions outside the time frame of the Biblical Sabbath.

To my knowledge, only Nevada, South Carolina, and Louisiana have had the tendency to hold caucuses and/or elections on Saturday, whether in presidential or other years. There is really no sound reason for this practice, and due to its offensive nature relative to the religious beliefs of seventh-day Sabbath keepers—Jewish and Christian alike—it should be discontinued.

Regarding Ellen White’s support for prohibition, we should remember that her counsel on this subject was not simply for legislative bans, but for education of the voting public as a precursor to legislation. The chapter “Liquor Traffic and Prohibition” in The Ministry of Healing is quite clear about this. Unfortunately, Ellen White’s counsel on this point was not followed, which accounted in large measure for the failure of prohibition. Contrast the alcohol controversy of a century ago with recent efforts to prohibit smoking in public places, laws which have generally been received well by the public due to successful education regarding the evils of tobacco.

On the racial issue, Ellen White’s counsel was quite clear regarding resistance to slavery, even advocating disobedience by Seventh-day Adventists of the infamous Fugitive Slave Act (see 1T 201). Her less-confrontational approach to the later Jim Crow laws recognized the need for deeper education regarding the root causes of this evil, as distinct from her more aggressive opposition to slavery at a time when the issue was coming to a head in the minds of Americans through the Civil War. Human beings take time to change, as we all know from our own walk with God and His dealings with our shortcomings. The time and method by which we address various evils is not always the same, even though the principles of God’s Word remain constant.

And as I’ve said repeatedly when the racial issue has come up on this forum, while Adventists certainly don’t have a spotless record on this question, ours is a much better record than that of many other Christians. Malcolm X biographer Jack Rummel notes Malcolm’s Adventist background with a comment about our denomination as “one of the very few mainly white denominations in America that ignored America’s color line” (Malcolm X, p. 25). The famed civil rights icon Dorothy Height, in her autobiography Open Wide the Freedom Gates, speaks of a civil rights gathering she and others held on an Adventist college campus in Tennessee (which one she doesn’t specify), noting this was “one of the few local places that would allow an interracial meeting” (p. 106). (This, by the way, took place in the 1940s, when holding such an event could mean mysterious disappearance and death on the part of its organizers.)

Ben Carson’s disregard for the sacredness of the Sabbath during the current presidential campaign is a disgrace and a blot on the public witness of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Again we should note the fact that former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, an orthodox Jew and faithful Sabbath-keeper, made a habit of keeping unnecessary political activity outside the Sabbath hours. When nominated for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut in 1988, he wouldn’t even attend the Democratic State Convention which nominated him because it was held on a Friday night. And during the 2000 campaign, when he served as Al Gore’s running mate, he consistently refused to campaign during the Sabbath hours, even on the weekend just prior to the election when the polls were too close to c all.

A Seventh-day Adventist seeking public office should do no less.