The Supreme Court docket, in a 6-3 cut up, dominated on Thursday, July 1, 2021 that two controversial Arizona voting legal guidelines don’t violate the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Undeniably this resolution weakens voting rights laws as nationwide debate facilities on People’ entry to the poll.
As we strategy crucial 2021 elections, pivotal 2022 midterm elections, and the 2024 presidential primaries, defending the precise to vote, honest elections, and unrestricted entry to the poll field has by no means been extra essential. The draconian voter restrictions just lately signed into legislation by Texas governor Gregory Abbott underscore this urgency. Underneath the guise of “making it more durable for cheaters to vote,” each effort is being made by these decided to limit our freedoms and deny us justice, to suppress our votes. Congress should move the John Lewis Voting Rights Development Act (JLVRAA) to guard the precise to vote and to broaden registration and voting entry for all communities.
The Church Of God In Christ, because the world’s foremost African American Pentecostal denomination, challenges elected congressional leaders to respect the sacrifices made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and so many others to make sure the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by voting in help of the JLVRAA. Additional, we stand in opposition to all measures launched and issued by states prohibiting citizen entry to vote. At the moment, 17 states have enacted 28 new legal guidelines that limit voting entry and we anticipate others will search to do the identical. Due to this fact, we name upon Congress to behave in response to Isaiah 1:17(a), “Study to do good; search justice, right oppression;” and shield the rights of all no matter ethnicity, race or political affiliation.
Based in 1907 and headquartered in Memphis, TN, the Church of God in Christ is among the oldest Pentecostal denominations within the World and the 4th largest Protestant group within the United States, with 10,000 church buildings in 112 international locations worldwide, and thousands and thousands of adherents.
Bishop J. Drew Sheard, Sr.
Presiding Bishop & Chief Apostle
Bishop Talbert W. Swan, II
Director, Social Justice Ministry
Robert Coleman, Jr.
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