Tennessee Faith Leaders Call for Accountability from Elected Officials Who Supported Attack on Capitol

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January 6th hearings prompt rebuke of lawmakers from Southern Christian Coalition

Following last night's opening hearing of the January 6th Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition spoke out against a number of Tennessee Members of Congress who supported the insurrection and defended former President Trump and his claims of election fraud.

In a statement, the pastors specifically called out lawmakers who refused to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential Election.

"In America, voters decide who our leaders will be," said Rev. Gordon Myers, Retired Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Pastor in Arlington. "But Trump Republicans, including Representatives Diana Harshbarger, Tim Burchett, Chuck Fleischman, Scott Dejarlais, Mark Green, John Rose, and Dave Kustoff from Tennessee, engaged in a criminal conspiracy to overturn the will of the people by voting against certifying the results of the election. After declaring their intent to deny the results of the election by attempting to ignore overturn the will of voters, and by continuing to promote 'The Big Lie' to this day, they continue to bear false witness to themselves and to Tennesseans."

Members of the group went on to call out "Christian Nationalism" as a root cause of the events of January 6th.

"No matter our color, background, or party, most of us value living in a democratic country and the freedom this provides," said Rev. Dr. Donna Whitney, Pastoral Assistant of Metropolitan Interdenominational Church of Nashville. “But the deadly Christian nationalism that was on display on January 6, 2021, is neither Christian nor patriotic. Those insurgents who stormed our Capitol on January 6 last year were lured by a false gospel promulgated by Donald Trump, and by corrupt politicians, who were determined to hold on to power they did not earn. Yet to this day, Trump Republicans continue to promulgate 'The Big Lie" and block the policies the majority of Americans support. Americans must join together across race, place and party to remove these dishonest leaders from power. We must support the January 6th Committee to hold everyone involved in attacks on our country accountable and to protect our democracy and our freedoms."

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