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Faith Leaders Urge AZ Followers to 'Vote Moral Values'

The New Moral Majority, a group of faith leaders from across the country, is encouraging its followers to vote for candidates with strong moral values. (Motortion/Adobe Stock)
The New Moral Majority, a group of faith leaders from across the country, is encouraging its followers to vote for candidates with strong moral values. (Motortion/Adobe Stock)

October 15, 2020

SAHUARITA, Ariz. -- Most faith-based groups in Arizona and elsewhere will say in normal times, they steer clear of politics.

But for the New Moral Majority, these are not normal times.

The group, a national network of church leaders, said it's formed a movement to "reclaim the Christian narrative." Its members cite what they call the "persistent lies, moral failings and divisive politics" of President Donald Trump as major concerns.

Reverend Ryan Eller, the group's founder, said faith leaders need to speak out for candidates who reflect Christian moral values, not just a political agenda.

"I think the old Moral Majority has lost its moral footing in this election," Eller contended. "That's why we're seeing record numbers of faith leaders coming out and actually telling the public they're going to vote, in this election, for Joe Biden."

The group is releasing what it calls "A Sermon to Heal America," a video on social media channels, urging folks to view voting as a sacred act.

Reverend Randy Mayer, pastor of the United Church of Christ congregation in Sahuarita, near the Arizona border with Mexico, said he and his congregation have seen firsthand what some federal policies are doing to the region, and the country.

"This administration has really challenged our state in negative ways, especially here along the border," Mayer asserted. "We're seeing our desert and our environment just completely desecrated. We're also seeing the people we love, families, that are being destroyed and torn apart."

Mayer said he has, for many years, helped care for and settle immigrants in southern Arizona. But he finds the current policies, particularly family separations, to be deeply immoral.

"We've been working with asylum seekers for the last three or four years." Mayer added. "We've been working with people in the desert for the last 20 years. I've been here for five administrations, and I've seen it progressively get worse, but this administration has just terrorized."

Another group of bipartisan religious leaders also launched an ad campaign this week in swing states, making what it said is a "Christian case against reelecting President Trump."

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Mark Richardson, Public News Service - AZ