I believe it is not only necessary, but crucial to the preservation of our democracy for churches of all faiths to speak out and condemn the evil attempts of the “suppress the vote” movement that began over two years ago in many states. I believe Christ shares this same sense of outrage as so many of us do over this attack upon the Constitutional rights of millions of our citizens.
As a Catholic I am calling upon our pastors across the country to condemn from the pulpit this inherently evil campaign on the grounds that it is a denial of one of our most basic human and civil rights and blessings, the right to choose who will govern us.
Some would argue that such action, even in the face of such depraved, calculated effort to deny others their right to vote, does not fall within the purview of the Church’s responsibility to its flock; that such an action would mean crossing the line, as it were, into realm of politics. I contend that the plot I speak of is heinous abuse of human rights, God-given rights. Such as devious actions transcend the realm of politics. It is not a political issue. Rather it is one born of blatant racism and unwillingness of those in power to be guided by moral principles, but in essence to say no to the wishes of Christ.