Faith for Black Lives and Coalition of Faith Leaders Call on NFL to Move Super Bowl LVII from Arizona Due to Restrictive Voting Laws

Pastor Warren Stewart, the chair of the African American Christian Clergy, on Feb. 14, 2022, urges the NFL to move Super Bowl LVII out of Arizona in protest of new state voting laws passed since the 2020 election. | Ben Giles/KJZZ

The Super Bowl is coming to Arizona in 2023, but some faith leaders are asking the NFL to send a message to state legislators passing new voting restrictions by moving the big game elsewhere.

Faith for Black Lives, the Arizona Faith Network, and other faith-based advocacy groups gathered in a park across the street from State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Monday mormning — the host of Super Bowl LVII — and urged the league to amplify the voices of voters they say are struggling to be heard amid a wave of new voting policies, some proposed and others already signed into law.

“I’m angry. And I don’t know about you, but I’m going to use my anger and point it at the NFL and say, listen, you need to be angry with us. We want justice,” said Pastor Aubrey Barnwell of First New Life Church.

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The clergy’s ask of the NFL is not unprecedented.

Arizona lost the 1993 Super Bowl after the state’s voters rejected two ballot measures in 1990, either of which would have made Martin Luther King Jr. Day a paid state holiday.

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