Quote Originally Posted by mccardey View Post
What do they fear exactly? Burning in hell, or ostracism by their community?
Yes and yes. Currently, many churches will not allow their members to accept the sacrament of Holy Communion if they support anything the church doesn't. Many can and will turn away members who vote for the wrong candidates or espouse ideas the church condemns; in Minnesota, there was a church that made headlines because they didn't allow members who support LGBTQI+ rights to take Communion, as evidenced by the people who wore rainbow flag pins or lapel stickers on a particular Sunday. Others have publicly announced that the Catholic politicians in their parishes who support abortion rights for women can't take the sacrament, either. The reach is that deep and that strong in many churches across the world.