I read that Obama said that voter IDs would not affect Black voter turnout because ministers in Black churches are asking parishioners to request ballots for early voting and voting in blocs during church services. Personally, I think this is great. I think all citizens have a civic responsibility to vote. Further, I think citizens have a moral obligation to educate themselves about the candidates and issues so they can be informed voters.
If you vote Republican or Democrat because that is what you have always done, you are not an informed voter. If you vote for a candidate because of his hair style, profession, color, or good looks you are not an informed voter. If you vote for an incumbent because you know their name better, you are not an informed voter.
Most all candidates stretch the truth about their qualifications and try to hide beliefs they do not think the public supports. That is good salesmanship and is how everyone sells themself. I do not object to this. I do object to outright lies and intentional deception, because I think these actions speak about a person’s character. I will not vote for any candidate that has no character. I also do not like candidates that tell different stories to different groups. You cannot trust a person that has no convictions.
Back to the churches and voting. The first thing that comes to most people’s mind is the separation of church and state. I think this is an absurd argument. Churches and pastors should be about character development. I think if pastors guide you to vote for people with no character, you should change pastors. The church-state argument is way overboard in this country. Our Constitution has been misinterpreted in this area for over 100 years. The intent of our founders was that the Federal Government would not impose a religion upon the populace. How does a pastor talking about voting have any impact on what the government does? It does not.
Voting is good. Informed voting is better.