DALLAS — My Faith Votes CEO Jason Yates releases the following statement, calling for unity after a gunman attacked GOP Congress members and aids at a baseball practice Wednesday morning:
“This morning’s attack is more than a tragic act of violence or even a hate crime against our public servants. It’s a direct indictment on the culture of hostility, division and, yes, violence too many of our nation’s leaders, media, entertainment and public figures have encouraged and promoted.
“Whatever motive led the attacker to carry this heinous act, we cannot deny that the hate that leads to this kind of violence begins in the heart. As Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.”
“Let’s then set anger aside from both our mouths and our hearts, and instead let’s seek peace and the common good. America is strongest when, in the midst of our diversity and differences, we can still come together.
“Our immediate prayers go to Rep. Scalise and the congressional aides and Capitol Police officers who were wounded during this tragic event. We thank the city’s law enforcement and first responders who acted quickly and prevented a greater tragedy from occurring.”
My Faith Votes—whose founding honorary national chairman was Dr. Ben Carson—is a non-partisan movement focused on motivating Christians in America to participate in local and national elections and be active members of society. By partnering with local churches, pastors and national faith leaders, My Faith Votes mobilizes and resources Christians to lead the conversation on the place of faith in culture and politics. In the 2016 election, My Faith Votes was largely credited with activating a sizable percentage of the 25 million Evangelicals who were registered to vote in previous elections but had chosen not to, prompting a record turnout by Evangelicals.