Politics has invaded every facet of our lives and many people are getting tired of it constantly being shoved down their throats. That seems to be exactly the case on Sunday when a group of churchgoers walked out of service after the message turned a little too political.
According to The Blaze, The historic Brown Chapel in Selma, Alabama, welcomed a variety of notable attendees over the weekend to commemorate the anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma 52-years-ago, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) and Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill.
Bloody Sunday refers to the march by black people on March 7, 1965, to fight for voting rights. During the march, protesters clashed with police officers who deployed tear gas and beat the marchers with clubs.
But it was Merrill’s speech — in which he pushed the state’s voter ID laws — that caused some in attendance to walk out of the service.
According to WSFA-TV, Merrill spoke about Alabama’s efforts to allow for more people to register to vote and obtain the proper identification to vote.
“We want to make sure that every eligible U.S. citizen that is a resident of Alabama is registered to vote and has a photo ID so they can participate in the electoral process at [the] level that they want to participate,” Merrill said.
As heard in video footage from WSFA, several in the audience shouted down Merrill when he brought up voter ID. And others walked out of the service entirely.
North Carolina NAACP President Dr. William Barber, who also spoke at the jubilee, was one of nearly two dozen patrons who walked out of the church, according to a video posted to his Facebook page.
“We cannot be polite about this. We can’t be casual or cavalier,” Barber told a reporter in the video. “We have more voter suppression in recent years then we’ve seen since Jim Crow.”
Barber told WSFA that leaders are against Alabama’s voter ID laws, which requires photo identification to register to vote because they believe it hinders people of color.
“Standing on this historic ground where people died for voting rights, we cannot accept this hypocrisy of voter suppression,” Barber said. “Photo ID … voter ID is based on the lie of voter fraud. It was not an issue until African-Americans and brown people started voting during the campaign for President [Barack] Obama. It’s just like the poll tax. It’s being proven in court unconstitutional.”
WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.