In October 2020, members of the Christian and Interfaith Relations Committee of Friends General Conference wrote a letter to the National Council of Churches about promoting interfaith unity and protecting democratic values for the 2020 Election in the United States. Below is the text of the letter.
The Christian and Interfaith Relations Committee of Friends General Conference views with alarm recent developments that threaten the normal performance of the November election. We are reaching out to the Council in an effort to promote vocal Christian unity around the protection of our democratic values, norms and way of life. We urge the Council to post and send to media a statement on this issue. We hope that NCC member churches and individuals will demonstrate Christian unity around this issue and let that be seen and heard repeatedly before, during and after the election.
The following language is offered for consideration:
The National Council of Churches views with alarm recent developments that threaten the normal performance of the November election and thereby threaten our democracy.
- all acts of voter intimidation
- all acts of voter suppression
- all efforts to portray the upcoming election as fraudulent
- the refusal of any candidate, politician or government authority to refuse to accept the results of the election and commit to a peaceful transfer of power.
- all citizens to vote, and if voting by mail to vote as early as legally possible.
- that legal authorities take action to prevent any violence or intimidation around the vote
- that only legal authorities be permitted to safeguard the vote
- upon the peaceful transfer of power
- upon the protection of our democratic processes.
We ask our member churches and their individual members to speak out in public forums in support of the protection of our democratic processes and to let their governmental officials know that they insist upon the protection of all citizens’ right to vote.