Everyone at Interfaith Alliance was pleased to see a relative lack of partisan religious rhetoric following the primary season, but that has changed significantly in the last few months. We’re sure you’ve noticed that recently we have seen both President Obama and Governor Romney increasingly rely on religion to advance their campaigns. Indeed, lately each has been more than happy to lean on religious language and imagery when that has best met his campaigning needs.
And sadly, the presidential candidates are not the only ones so eager to use religion as a political tool for personal gain. Candidates running for federal, state and local offices seem to be jumping at the opportunity to exploit religion to garner votes and donations.
We must keep the heat on candidates in races up and down the ballot – and from across the political spectrum – and hold them accountable for any misuse of religion on the campaign trail…and here’s how you can help.
We need our members to help us serve as watchdogs, to be our eyes and ears all over the country. You know better than anyone else the issues in your own community, and you are best attuned to the campaigns unfolding in your backyard.If you’re aware of any misuse of religion or religious tenets for the sake of political gain – whether by candidates or campaign representatives – please let us know by filling out our “Eye on the Election” form below. We will be holding candidates accountable straight through Election Day – we’re not backing down – so please don’t hesitate to pass on any concerns about the elections you’re following.
Protecting our religious freedom depends not only on the men and women in office – it depends first and foremost on us.
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