In response to policy proposals that would politicize places of worship, FCNL and nearly 100 other religious organizations sent a letter to Congressional leadership declaring that partisan politics have no place in our churches, temples, and meeting houses.
Our democracy can live up to its potential only if it ensures open access to public office and electoral processes, curbs the influence of money and corporate power, safeguards the integrity of the voting process without raising unnecessary barriers and provides full participation for disenfranchised people.
In a letter to the chair and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, FCNL expressed concern about Senator Sessions' nomination based on his past positions and statements on religious freedom and refugees, racial discrimination in the criminal justice and voting systems, and immigration.
Even as the rhetoric has moved from debate over policy differences to personal attacks against individuals and whole communities, in January the next Congress and the next president will need to come together to govern the United States.
Our country is struggling with deep divisions. Amid the blame of and attack on those who are different - in political views, race, religion, country of origin, or sexual orientation - it becomes even more urgent to highlight the value we place in one another. FCNL's #LoveThyNeighbor (No Exceptions) campaign seeks to shift the narrative.
We recognize that building peace and countering injustice require systemic change as well as personal change. This change requires us to be directly involved as constituents. It requires us to evaluate the candidates and vote for the people we believe are best qualified to lead our country and to govern fairly—even if those candidates don’t represent us on every issue.
I’m writing this just after seeing a nicely raucous parade of protesters pass by FCNL on their way to the Capitol, shouting, “Money Out of Politics! Money Out of Politics!” You might see them on the news and wonder: What’s FCNL doing about this?