As followers of Christ, members of Mormon Women for Ethical Government heartily congratulate and rejoice with voters in the state of Alabama for prioritizing principles over political tribalism in refusing to elect Roy Moore to the Senate. By so doing, Alabama has sent a decisive message to the nation and set a clear precedent: Immoral behavior, regardless of its party of origin, will not go unchecked.
At the beginning of this special election, the outcome was a foregone conclusion: Moore would win by at least thirty points. When allegations came to light regarding Moore’s history of sexual predation and pedophilia, however, Republicans in Alabama faced a moral dilemma. Could they in good faith vote for Moore as the candidate for the party whose platform they believed most closely aligned with their values?
In a news cycle that is distressingly dark and hostile, we are greatly encouraged by the bright light coming from Alabama. The earliest exit polls reveal that people of color are largely to thank for this victory. As more information becomes available, we hope to see a pattern of voters daring to step out of entrenched partisanship in favor of character. We are thankful to all voters who showed up to save the United States from tumbling to a new low, signaling that perhaps, in spite of seismic shifting on the political-moral landscape, we might in fact just be able to regain our footing.
We at MWEG firmly warn against the folly of placing full fidelity in any single political ideology. We reassert that we place full trust only in the Gospel of Peace. We also declare that no political figure warrants our utter adoration or loyalty. That faith we place unshakably in the King of Kings, until the coming day when all government shall, as He has promised us, “rest upon His shoulder.” (Isaiah 9:6)
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Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to the ideals of decency, honor, accountability, transparency, and justice in governing.
Mormon Women for Ethical Government is a private organization and is not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We do, however, fully sustain, honor, and support the Church’s doctrines and leaders.
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