Get Money out of Politics: Faith Back In

Safeguard Our Democracy & Get Money out of Politics

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As people of faith and moral commitment, we sound the alarm over a flood of special interest money into our political system from a privileged few. We oppose the recent Citizens United decision that has granted special interests and individuals almost unlimited power to influence elections through massive spending.

Just as the prophets and saints from our faith traditions railed against economic wealth and power that resulted in injustice, we follow in their footsteps and cry out against a system that tears at the fabric of our democracy.

View the text of our sign on letter below. Scroll down to fill out the form below to sign the letter.  Scroll to the bottom to see the list of current signatories.

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As faith leaders, we stand for honoring the voices of each person created in God’s image and for protecting the integrity of those voices in our democratic process. Together, we sound the alarm over a flood of special interest money into our political system from a privileged few and call upon our leaders to pursue bold solutions to this crisis of democracy.

Candidates are spending so much time courting donors that they have less and less time to speak with voters or craft solutions to our biggest problems. Voters, especially younger Americans, tune out because they view our elections as un-democratic and potentially corrupt.

The rich and the poor grow further and further apart, a trend reinforced by a path to electoral victory studded with high-dollar fundraisers and special interest backroom deals. Attack ads blanket the airwaves, dividing us when we need to come together to solve our country’s enormous challenges.

Most recently, the watershed “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision that awarded corporations the same legal rights as people has had the practical result of granting special interests and individuals almost unlimited power to influence elections through massive spending.

We are also disturbed by a decision that gives the unique status accorded to human beings, made in God’s image, to corporations. People, not corporations, were made in the image of God.

“We the People,” who ordained and established the U.S. Constitution in order to form a more perfect union, who together as a people are responsible and accountable for wisely stewarding God’s creation, who are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, are called to bear God's image faithfully and to reject that which challenges these basic principles.

Just as the prophets and saints from our faith traditions railed against economic wealth and power that resulted in injustice for the people, we follow in their footsteps and cry out against a system that tears at the fabric of our democracy.

We call upon our elected leaders, citizens around the country, and all people of faith and moral commitment to join us in supporting measures to safeguard our democratic principles and the promise of government for, of, and by the people.

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Current signatories include:
Signer list is representative of the nearly 500 faith leaders signed on.

Corey Beals, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, George Fox University
Rev. Mark Lau Branson, Ed.D., Homer Goddard Associate Professor of Ministry of the Laity, Fuller Theological Seminary
Dr. Walter Brueggeman, Theologian
Rev. Walter Contreras, Director of Outreach and Hispanic Ministries, Pacific Southwest Conference for the Evangelical Covenant Church 
Bishop Jessica Crist, Montana Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Dr. Gregory G. Fell, Superintendent, Rocky Mountain District, Evangelical Free Church of America
Rev. Stephen A. Hayner, President and Prof of Leadership Development, Columbia Theological Seminary
Bishop Mark W. Holmerud, Sierra Pacific Synod, ELCA
Prof. Jeffrey H. Mahan, Ralph E. and Norma E. Peck Chair in Religion and Public Communication, Iliff School of Theology
Rev. Juan Francisco Martínez, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Diversity and International Programs, Fuller Theological Seminary
Dr. Paul Louis Metzger, Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture, Multnomah University
Rev. Russell Meyer, Executive Director, Florida Council of Churches
Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore, Dean, Boston University School of Theology
Rev. José F. Morales, Jr., Executive Regional Minister, Central Rocky Mountain Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Bishop Dean Nelson, Southwest California Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Dr. Lynn Szwaja, The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., New York, NY
Rev. Jim Wallis, CEO and President, Sojourners
Sean Weston, Kansas Ecumenical Ministries

Signatures do not necessarily constitute organizational endorsement. If you would like to become an organizational endorser of this effort, please contact Isaac Luria at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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