DALLAS — Jason Yates, CEO of My Faith Votes, releases the following statement:
“Americans can unite in celebration today over the homecoming of Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk from imprisonment in North Korea. In the midst of personal welcomes from the president and others, these men undoubtedly feel the sweet embrace of that most cherished of American virtues — freedom.
“Their return, though, reminds us that even the freest person in North Korea still lives a prisoner’s life under an oppressive regime that persecutes faith, squashes free speech and makes a mockery of free and fair elections. Most Americans cannot even imagine this reality, yet many around the world, including in North Korea, can only dream of living with such rights. The freedoms we enjoy are not automatic, not guaranteed and not inevitable, and our response should be to exercise them, not take them for granted. Our votes make the difference between elected officials who honor what is right and officials who oppose it, between elected officials who seek what is best for their country and those who seek what is best for themselves, and between elected officials who are principled and those who are rudderless.”
My Faith Votes is a nonpartisan movement focused on motivating Christians in America to participate in local and domestic elections. 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. Gov. Mike Huckabee serves as the organization’s honorary national chairman.