January 17, 2021

Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team; Phone: 202-417-0171

Religious Freedom Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Voting Rights

WASHINGTON—Religious freedom advocates are calling on Congress to protect voting rights for people of all faiths and none by passing the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Katy Joseph, director of policy & advocacy for Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement:

Voting is one of the most direct ways we can impact the moral arc of our nation. But instead of ensuring every voter can access the ballot box, the Religious Right and their allies are working to undermine voter protections for those who don’t subscribe to their belief system, often using religious justifications.

We are in a state of emergency. As people of faith and conscience, we know our vote is sacred and that ensuring equal access to voting is a way of recognizing the inherent dignity and worth of all people. No matter our race, religion, or zipcode all of us deserve to have a say in decisions that impact our lives.

Our elected officials pledge to serve Americans of all faiths and none, and it’s high time they make good on this promise. As we honor the legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we call on Congress to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, to ensure the voice of every voter is heard – today and for our future.

If you are interested in speaking further with Interfaith Alliance on this issue, please contact Manisha Sunil at (202) 417-0171 or


Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit