A non-profit called Vote Common Good, led by executive director and co-chair Pastor Doug Pagitt, has been using billboards to urge evangelical and Catholic voters to rethink how they vote in upcoming elections.
The non-profit recently posted an image on social media capturing a billboard they created for Pennsylvania. It features photos of the state’s Republican Senator Doug Mastriano and Republican U.S. Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia) and Matt Gaetz (Florida).
According to Penn Live news, the Vote Common Group has place four billboards throughout the Pittsburgh area.
The billboard reads “Blessed are the
peacemakers,” with the word “insurrectionists” written under the crossed out beatitude. The hashtag #VoteLikeYouPray appears below, alongside the website WhatHappenedToMyRepublicanParty.com.
“All of us who are Republicans and former Republicans have a moment when we began to wonder, What happened to my Republican Party,” the website says. “Maybe it was the election of Donald Trump as President. Maybe it was seeing kids in cages along our southern border. Maybe it was the insurrection on January 6th. Maybe it was the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.”
The site’s featured image of Marjorie Taylor Greene says, “I believe BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS. But they say BLESSED ARE THE INSURRECTIONISTS,” referring to the Republican party. When clicked, the image flips over to read, “On January 6th, a mob stormed the Capitol of the United States in hopes of overturning a free and fair election. They resorted to threats, intimidation, and even violence. Republican leadership has encouraged, defended, and protected them every step of the way.”
Vote Common Good’s website describes the non-profit organization as “inspiring, energizing, and mobilizing people of faith to make the common good their voting criteria.” The nine person staff explains that they “train and support Democratic candidates to connect with Evangelical and Catholic voters.”
Pagitt shared that the billboards were created to urge voters not to vote for Mastriano, saying, “Voters think they need to default and vote for Mastriano but we are asking them to take a hard look at what the implications are for voting for him and to really run that up against their own sense of what they think a politician should do or how they should act, and how they should use the power given to them.”
Mastriano, who reportedly crossed police barricades during the January 6 Capitol riot, has denied being a Christian Nationalist. Last year, he went as far as telling a New Yorker journalist that the term was fabricated as an attack on Christians.