The iniquitous regime of APARTHEID, so beautifully opposed by the late South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, seems sadly to still be encouraged in certain parts of the United States of America. ‘The Land of the Free’ may not be so free after all. Christians of the ‘Religious Right’ are resisting – in certain States of the U.S. Federation – the right of everyone to exercise their democratic right to a free vote in their local elections.
What once had been the attitude of former Dutch Protestant Reform Church Leaders in South Africa – before people like Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu were able to encourage Black South Africans to be included among voters for local and national elections – is still being perpetuated, believe it or not, in the Land of The Free, the United States of America! Mostly members of the Right-Wing Republican Party, some prominent ‘Christian’ political leaders (like Mike Huckabee, Organiser of the ‘My Faith Votes’ organisation which opposes reform to the current ‘filibuster’ vote-control system) are against President Joe Biden’s push for ‘Equal Votes’ in State and Federal Elections, that would enable everyone the opportunity of casting their personal vote for their preferred candidates – without prejudice.
The FACT that ‘My Faith Votes’ is being promoted at the expense of common human Civil Rights, in what was thought to be a democratic Republic, is a blatant misrepresentation of what Christianity is really all about – which is to offer all responsible adult citizens the right to representation in national and local Government. It also seems to the outside world that values democracy, to be a necessity in order to secure a safe and orderly process of election to local and national government.
However, the ‘Religious Right’ was so involved with the false claims of the former President Donald Trump to have been ‘cheated’ of his claim to the Presidency at the last election, that one questions the claim of his supporters to the title ‘Christian’ (which – according to the historic Gospels accounts of Jesus Christ ought to celebrate Justice as its primary objective).
However, one hopes that the majority of the American people are not fools, and will not oppose the right of each American to equal voting rights in local and national elections. One also hopes that mainline Christians will support President Biden’s push for greater democracy in the future. (see article below)
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand
Religious-Right Leaders Who Promoted Trump’s Big Lie Object to Biden’s Voting Rights Push
By Peter Montgomery | January 13, 2022 2:45 pmMike Huckabee, honorary chairman of My Faith Votes, in a video for the group’s “election integrity” project.
Right-wing leaders who have promoted former President Donald Trump’s stolen-election lies and supported new voting restrictions based on those lies are predictably unhappy about President Joe Biden’s renewed push for passage of federal voting rights protections.
One day after Biden called for senators to change filibuster rules to overcome the Senate Republicans’ blockade against voting rights legislation, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appealed to religious-right activists via email to make a monthly commitment to My Faith Votes, a Christian-right turnout operation for which he serves as honorary chairman.
Huckabee claimed that the “effort to kill the filibuster and federalize elections” is “a blatant attempt to abuse power.” He said that while My Faith Votes recruits and plans to mobilize “an army of Christian voters for 2022,” the group “must also flex our grassroots muscle to keep the Senate from making a very dangerous mistake.” My Faith Votes has backed recent Republican voter suppression efforts in the name of “election integrity.”
After the 2020 presidential election, Huckabee promoted Trump’s false claims about election fraud. On Nov. 5, 2020, he published a blog post under the headline “The Art of the Steal” in which he promoted multiple election conspiracies being circulated by Trump supporters. A month later, as My Faith Votes geared up for the runoff races that were eventually won by Georgia’s Democratic Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, Huckabee claimed that there were serious “unanswered questions” about the outcome of the Nov. 3 election in the state—and he continued to cast doubt on Biden’s victory months later.
The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins—who promoted Trump’s false claim to have won the 2020 election—similarly denounced the effort by Biden and Senate leaders as a “federal takeover of elections” that would put Democrats “one step close to a one-party system that controls the states and every lever of government.” A month after the 2020 election, Perkins had urged state legislators in battleground states won by Biden to simply assert their power to name pro-Trump electors.
Former Reagan administration official and longtime religious-right activist Gary Bauer, who, like Perkins, claimed a month after the 2020 election that Trump was the “lawful winner,” claimed in his daily email newsletter Wednesday that the “idea that minority Americans are disenfranchised is a hoax on the same level as the Russian collusion hoax!”
FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon claimed in a Wednesday afternoon email that Democrats “want to make it easier for them to cheat” and “RIG our entire election system in their favor.” FreedomWorks had helped organize right-wing protests in battleground states during vote counting for the 2020 presidential race.