Southern Christian Coalition calls on leaders to combat misinformation
In response to a recently released poll suggesting only 46% of Tennesseans believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 election, pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition called on state leaders to take action to combat misinformation.
The pastors released a statement laying blame for the misinformation at a number of the state's elected political leaders.
Rev. Gordon Myers, Retired Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Pastor in Arlington, TN said, "It is very troubling to hear that only 46% of Tennesseans indicated that they knew that Joe Biden was the legitimate president (44% responded Donald Trump and 11% were unsure). Since every member of the Tennessee Congressional Delegation, including Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty, and even Governor Lee, spent weeks, and even months, lying to Tennesseans about the results of the election and sowing seeds of doubt about the integrity of our democratic process, it's not difficult to understand why millions of Tennesseans have come to believe these lies. It's dangerous that so many of our leaders have chosen to repeat them so frequently as a political tool. As a nation, we need to repent from sowing lies and distrust in our democratic process and instead put into action our foundational values that 'All are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights' and insist on fair, just, and equitable voting rights that encourages and welcomes all to participate in the democratic process and to believe the results instead of peddling lies for political gain."
Rev. Dr. Donna Whitney, Pastoral Assistant at Metropolitan Interdenominational Church of Nashville said, "The commandment to “Not bear false witness” is among the Ten Commandments and the command to pursue justice and truth is woven through both the Old and New Testaments. Deuteronomy 16:20 reads, 'Justice and only justice shall you pursue so that you may live and occupy the land that the LORD your God is giving you.' Faithful leaders do not pursue power but strive for justice. Sadly, our elected leaders, including Senators Bill Hagerty and Marsha Blackburn, have continued to abandon justice and pursue power by misleading millions of Tennesseans away from truth with dishonest distortions."