A Pledge from Maine People of Faith

For a secular version of this pledge for Maine citizens and civic leaders, please see this page.

Defending Democracy Faithfully from Faithful Maine on Vimeo.

From Millinocket to Kittery, from Boothbay Harbor to Farmington, from the County to Congress Street in downtown Portland, we are Mainers of many faith traditions uniting to deliver our voices and our votes for an America where everyone counts.

As people of faith, we believe…

That everyone counts, no matter their age, zip code, race, gender, bank account balance, or anything else; that we all have inherent value and sacred worth and are created in the image of God.

We believe that God calls us to strive for justice and peace while respecting the dignity of every human being. In a democracy, voting rights are fundamental human and civil rights, and the free practice of the right to vote is necessary for justice to be established.

We believe that the democratic processes of the United States are in jeopardy, that the right to vote in the 2020 election and to have every vote counted is under attack, and that there is a threat to the fundamental democratic principle of the peaceful transfer of power once the will of the people has been established.

Therefore, we pledge to protect and preserve democracy by:

  1. Voting
  2. Ensuring that our neighbors can exercise their right to vote
  3. Refusing to accept election results until all votes are counted
  4. Upholding the principle of the peaceful transfer of power after a free, fair and respected election (“free,” meaning all eligible voters are able to vote safely and without hindrance; “fair,” meaning all the votes are counted transparently; “respected,” meaning the results of the election are accepted)
  5. Supporting or joining those who engage in non-violent direct action in the event of any unjust usurpation of state authority that undermines the democratic process.

As people of faith, we are praying for a peaceful and orderly electoral outcome this November. However, should the worst occur, we will not be passive witnesses to the death of our democracy. Because we hold that democracy to be a sacred trust, we pledge ourselves to safeguard it with all of our God-given strength and spirit, so that we can tell our grandchildren we did everything we could to secure a future where every person matters and every vote counts.

We call on Maine’s business leaders, political candidates, elected officials, journalists, media outlets, active service people and veterans, first responders, civil servants, and faith community leaders to join us in making this pledge.