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美大选前逾千宗教人士联署
促该国领袖遵结果和平过渡

在美国大选前夕,超过一千名基督宗教人士联署,要求该国领袖确保选举自由而公平,并且敦促领袖无论谁胜谁负,均听从合法选举结果,主动而公开支持权力移交或延续得以和平进行。

联署者包括神职人员、宗教学者以及具信仰背景的政策倡议者,大多数来自当地的基督宗教及犹太教群体,遍及全国不同州份。当中包括福音派全国协会(National Association of Evangelicals)的韩裔会长金牧师(Rev. Walter Kim)、前身为「社会行动福音派」的「社会行动基督徒」(Christian for Social Action)创办人赛德(Ron Sider)、知名进步派牧者巴伯牧师(Rev. William Barber),以及前总统布殊的两任信仰顾问。有分析指,参与联署者範围之广,显示这场正值疫症期间的大选性质前所未有,正推动当地宗教组织展现其民间力量。

联署声明提出四大原则,包括:一、敦促领袖确保选举自由而公平,所有合资格美国人均可安全投票而不受干扰和镇压,并免于威吓;二、领袖及选举人员要依法点算每张选票,即使过程因为疫症缘故而需时更多;三、要求领袖分享合时而准确的选举结果,并拒绝散播假资讯;四、要求领袖基于合法选举结果,主动而公开支持权力移交或延续得以和平进行。

声明指出,上述原则对于共和政体能健康而有效运作,至为重要;然而这些原则在今年大选备受挑战。声明呼吁不同信仰及背景的人士加入,在这关键时刻委身于民主、自由和人权。

有份签署的美国福音派全国协会政府关系副会长加利(Galen Carey)对记者表示,今天他们已不能假设,当选举结果底定,大家就可以继续如常生活,并祝福新领袖。

声明并无点出领袖名字。不过现任总统特朗普曾因表示一旦竞选对手拜登获胜会拒绝全面支持和平权力过渡,而备受批评。声明全文如下:

Faith Leaders United

to Support Free and Fair Elections

 

(A bipartisan, multi-denominational group of faith and community leaders is coming together to make a joint statement about free and fair elections. Please see below, consider signing, and please share with your networks!)

 

We join together as leaders of faith across political, religious, and ideological differences to affirm our commitment to a free, fair, and safe election. The values of our faith traditions inform our dedication to this cause. All of the constitutional freedoms that we enjoy, including our religious freedom, depend on the integrity of our elections—the foundation of American democracy. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and other national challenges this election season, we express our support for the following commitments and call on all public officials, civic leaders, and all people in a position of power across the country to commit to the same:

  • Our leaders must ensure a free and fair election in which all eligible Americans can safely cast their votes without interference, suppression, or fear of intimidation.
  • Leaders and election officials must count every vote in accordance with applicable laws before the election is decided, even if the process takes a longer time because of precautions in place due to COVID-19.
  • Leaders should share timely, accurate information about the election results and resist and avoid spreading misinformation.
  • Leaders must actively and publicly support a peaceful transition of power or continuation of leadership based on legitimate election results.

The commitments outlined above are central to a functioning and healthy republic and they are supported by the vast majority of Americans, yet they are being challenged in unprecedented ways in the 2020 election. America is only as strong as its people’s commitment to our democracy and the freedoms and rights it ensures. We invite our neighbors of all beliefs and backgrounds to join us in this urgent commitment to support free and fair elections, especially at this crucial moment for our democracy.

 

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