#ChristiansVote Campaign Launches to Showcase Progressive Faith Values During ElectionBy Adam Polaski • November 3, 2016 • 11:16 am
This week Freedom for All Americans is proud to stand with our partners at Believe Out Loud, Soulforce, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and Reconciling Ministries Network for the #ChristiansVote campaign, in advance of the November 8 election.
The goal of the campaign is to use social media to showcase the true diversity and wide scope of the progressive values of Christian voters, which include equality for LGBTQI people, people of color, immigrants, and more. In addition, the organizations are providing voter education resources about when, where, and how to vote, and will participate in a “Souls to the Polls” on-the-ground effort in North Carolina in advance of a GOTV effort on Monday.
The campaign is a direct response to an initiative by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) launched in October that encourages Christians across America to cast their votes in the upcoming election using a narrow lens that pushes a conservative, anti-LGBTQ agenda in the political realm. NRB’s member organizations include some of the most notorious leaders of anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice attacks, such as Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, Rick Warren, and the Alliance Defending Freedom—a key player in many of the lawsuits aiming to single out transgender students for harm by banning them from restroom access.
— Believe Out Loud (@BelieveOutLoud) November 3, 2016
— The Task Force (@TheTaskForce) November 1, 2016
— Freedom for All USA (@freedom4allusa) November 2, 2016
Alison Amyx of Believe Out Loud said this week:
“This campaign aims to demonstrate the true values that Christians bring with them to the polls: justice, inclusion, affirmation, and liberation for all people. The National Religious Broadcasters’ campaign falsely assumes that all Christian voters share their harmful anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ, and anti-immigrant agenda. In fact, Christians are diverse, fair, and inclusive in their reasons for casting their votes. We are calling on Americans who truly believe in God’s message of love and understanding to join our cause and be vocal in their values and commitment to justice for all.”
One of the participants, Reverend Kristin Stoneking of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, added: “As we vote this November 8, I hope all Christians will remember that Jesus Christ came to give liberty to all who are oppressed, to feed the hungry, and be hope and life for all people.”
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