Megachurch Pastors Divided Over Texas Voter ID Law; T.D. Jakes Calls It ‘Needless,’ Pastor Robert Jeffress Says ‘I Disagree’

by LEONARDO BLAIR |  |  published on November 3, 2014

Two of Texas’s most popular megachurch pastors, T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House and Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church, Dallas, reflected dueling positions on the state’s controversial voter identification law. Jakes dismissed it as “needless” while Jeffress argued that the law is necessary ahead of Tuesday’s mid-term elections.

The Texas legislature passed Senate Bill 14 (SB 14) into law in 2011 in a bid to curb voter fraud. It requires voters seeking to cast their ballots in person to present photo identification, such as a Texas driver’s or gun license, a military ID or a passport according to The law is described as one of the strictest voter identification laws in the country.

Many Democrats and voting rights advocates have been lobbying against the law charging that it stands to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of particularly minority voters, but last month the Supreme Court, in an order which was unsigned and without reason, allowed the law to go into effect ahead of next week’s election.