Religious Worship as Political Action
Chapter 6. Religious Worship as Inherent Political Action
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RELIGIOUS WORSHIP AS INHERENT POLITICAL ACTION
During the 2012 presidential campaign, several states with Republicancontrolled statehouses and governor’s mansions attempted to push through substantial election law changes to, most notably, require photo IDs. Critics argued the laws would disenfranchise poorer and urban voters who did not have government-issued IDs like a driver’s license, thus preventing groups that leaned Democratic from voting in crucial swing states like Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania (as well as other states like Alabama, South Carolina, and Texas). Democratic U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder led the charge in criticizing the laws as discriminatory and used the power of the Justice Department to block some of the laws from being enacted before the 2012 election. During a May 2012 speech before a gathering of the Conference of National Black Churches, Holder condemned state voter ID laws. Emphasizing the importance of voting, he argued that “of all the freedoms we enjoy today none is more important or more sacred than the right to vote.”1 If voting is sacred, then it must be protected as a key democratic rite.
Holder hardly stands alone in his assessment of voting as sacred. During the 2012 campaign, liberal pundit Bill Press blasted those who would “consider rolling back the clock on the most sacred civil right of all, our right to vote.”2 ← 187 | 188 → Similarly, Democratic U.S. Representative Marc Veasey of Texas argued, “The right to vote is sacred and must...
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