Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock Discusses “Sacred’ Voting Rights

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock
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WASHINGTON (RNS) — U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, both Democrats and one an ordained minister, made the religious case for protecting and expanding voting rights on Thursday (Nov. 18), championing the “sacred” right to vote in a wide-ranging discussion that also touched on whether God is Black.

The two lawmakers appeared at “Race, Religion and the Assault on Voting Rights,” the inaugural event at Georgetown University’s Center on Faith and Justice, headed by the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the liberal-leaning Christian group Sojourners.

“Voting rights must also be named as a faith issue — even a test of faith,” Wallis told the crowd.

Warnock expressed a similar sentiment throughout the session, at one point describing the act of voting as “a kind of prayer for the world we desire, for ourselves and our children.”

The Georgia senator’s views on voting, he said, are connected to his beliefs surrounding salvation, which he sees as a “broadening of communal space.”

“I believe (voting) is sacred, because at root the vote is about your voice, and your voice is about your human dignity,” he said, adding that voting is a “covenant that we have with one another as American people.” Read more.

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