ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A Charlotte, North Carolina minister brought what he calls a “moral revival” to North St. Louis County.

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber says the so-called religious right may believe that the only moral issues are questions of where you stand on homosexuality, prayer in schools and abortion, but he disagrees.

His national campaign “Moral Revolution of Values” focuses on criminal justice reform, immigration and the crumbling health care system. He pinpoints lawmaker’s refusal to expand Medicaid and voter ID laws as examples of the need for a moral revival in Missouri and the rest of the country.

“We are challenging that and saying no, our deepest moral values in both the Christian and Hebrew Bible, over 2,000 scriptures, say ‘Where do you stand on poverty, where do you stand on healthcare,'” Barber says.

At each stop, people are asked to add their signatures to the 11,000 who’ve signed the Higher Ground Moral Declaration, calling on elected officials to focus on what Barber calls “a moral public policy agenda.”

“Criminal justice reform and dealing with the disparity in the way it impacts black, brown and poor white people and the proliferation of guns are moral issues,” Barber says.

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