Religious Leaders Send Letter to NFL; asks to move the 2023 Super Bowl from Arizona | Arizona Politics
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Faith leaders across the country are calling on the NFL to strip next year’s Super Bowl from Arizona. They say Arizona should be dropped as a host due to a series of restrictive election laws proposed by state lawmakers. A group of more than 200 faith leaders, including 40 from Arizona, sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to consider moving the Super Bowl out of Arizona next year. Leaders say it is a voter suppression outreach effort.
The letter says Arizona is battling a “disease of racism and in particular its symptom of voter suppression.” “We want to send a message to the NFL and to the nation that we believe in the right to vote and we believe that if the state prevents that right and they should not be rewarded economically because of it,” said the Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Raymond Forte Church. noted.
Forte signed the letter. So did Jannah Scott with the Coalition of African American Christian Clergy. Both are based in Phoenix. “With over 20 bills introduced this year, I’ve seen some that are really concerning,” Scott said.
A Scottsdale woman has admitted trying to vote for her late mother in the 2020 election
The group of leaders says Arizona lawmakers passed restrictive voting bills last year. And right now, dozens of Republican-backed ballot bills are being discussed, including eliminating early voting and mail-in voting. “It would impact people of color, but it would also impact people with disabilities, people who live in rural areas, poor and low-income people, people who work and then have to vote because they don’t have any free time,” says Scott.
The Super Bowl has already been pulled from Arizona once. It happened in 1991 when the state refused to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a public holiday. “We’re hopeful that history will repeat itself through this,” Forte said.
January 6 committee subpoenas fake Trump voters in Arizona and 6 other states
A spokesperson for the governor’s office said the Super Bowl is a huge boost to the economy. They say withdrawing a Super Bowl because of bills that may or may not come out of legislation this year seems hurtful to Arizona.
Copyright 2022 Gray Media Group, Inc.