Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi quoted the Bible to defend legislation in Georgia restricting early voting on Sundays during a Senate hearing Wednesday.
Hyde-Smith launched into a biblical rant during the Senate Rules and Administration Committee’s hearing on the For the People Act, which would expand voting rights.
The Georgia GOP’s proposal to ban Sunday voting is seen by many critics as a thinly veiled effort to stop Black churches from conducting “souls to the polls” voter drives that were credited with helping Democrats win two historic Senate elections in the Peach State earlier this year.
“God’s word in Exodus 20:18, it says remember the Sabbath and keep it holy,” Hyde-Smith told the committee.
The senator lectured the committee on the importance of keeping the sabbath by taking out a dollar bill and pointing out that it says “In God We Trust” on it and that senators’ take an oath of office that ends with the words, “So help me God.”
Actually, it's church groups organizing ride share events to go to the polls on Sunday. So, they can't hide behind religion on this one. https://t.co/bm1yGioixb
— Bill Maxwell 😷 (@Bill_Maxwell_) March 24, 2021
"It's a very effective way the Black church has of getting out our vote…We gather in our churches on Sunday morning, you have morning worship and then after the service you get on the church buses, church vans, get in cars and people go to vote” ~Bishop Reginald T. Jackson https://t.co/cBTjquwJ0e
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 24, 2021
When does Cindy Hyde-Smith plan to introduce legislation to end commerce on Sundays? When will she introduce a bill to forbid NFL games on Sundays? https://t.co/MCPwKqXzx2
— Jeff Chu 朱天慧 (@jeffchu) March 24, 2021
What is unholy about voting @SenHydeSmith? Are you also concerned about the Jewish sabbath on Saturdays? Is every business closed on Sunday in Mississippi? What a transparently ridiculous attempt to use religion to deny citizens the right to vote. #ShameOnYou https://t.co/uuV141z7aa
— Robert McNamara (@romc) March 24, 2021