FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2021
Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team
[email protected]; Phone: 202-417-0171
Religious Freedom Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Voting Rights
WASHINGTON—Religious freedom advocates are calling on Congress to protect voting rights for people of all faiths and none by passing the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Katy Joseph, director of policy & advocacy for Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement:
“Voting is one of the most direct ways we can impact the moral arc of our nation. But instead of ensuring every voter can access the ballot box, the Religious Right and their allies are working to undermine voter protections for those who don’t subscribe to their belief system, often using religious justifications.
“We are in a state of emergency. As people of faith and conscience, we know our vote is sacred and that ensuring equal access to voting is a way of recognizing the inherent dignity and worth of all people. No matter our race, religion, or zipcode all of us deserve to have a say in decisions that impact our lives.
“Our elected officials pledge to serve Americans of all faiths and none, and it’s high time they make good on this promise. As we honor the legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we call on Congress to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, to ensure the voice of every voter is heard – today and for our future.”
If you are interested in speaking further with Interfaith Alliance on this issue, please contact Manisha Sunil at (202) 417-0171 or [email protected].
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.