A group of Christian leaders, including the Rev. Joshua Dubois, founder and CEO, Values Partnerships; Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church; and Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, co-chair, National African-American Clergy Network, have joined forces to stop Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump from winning the Party’s nomination.
In a piece on the website, Called to Resist, the leaders decry Trump as “racist, bigoted, and hateful,” according to Think Progress.
The post, which is over 2,000 words, claims that Trump’s views aren’t aligned with Christian values. It condemns him for making outlandish remarks and presenting ideas that degrade women, minorities, immigrants, Muslims, and those who are disabled.
“The ascendancy of a demagogic candidate and his message, with the angry constituency he is fueling, is a threat to both the values of our faith and the health of our democracy,” read the statement. “Donald Trump directly promotes racial and religious bigotry, disrespects the dignity of women, harms civil public discourse, offends moral decency, and seeks to manipulate religion. This is no longer politics as usual, but rather a moral and theological crisis, and thus we are compelled to speak out as faith leaders.”
The statement from the group of religious leaders is out of the ordinary because they usually avoid getting involved in the realm of politics in fear of affecting the tax-exempt status of their places of worship.
Those who supported the letter explicitly stated that it wasn’t a “tacit endorsement of other candidates,” the report says.
“Trump is shamelessly using racial resentment, fear, and hatred – always dangerously present in our society – to fuel a movement against ‘the other,’ targeting other races, women, cultures, ethnicities, nations, creeds, and a whole global religion,” read the statement. “That stands in stark and chilling opposition to the reconciling love of God confessed by those who claim Jesus as Lord. So we, as faith leaders, hereby confess our resistance against the message and actions of Donald Trump. Instead of learning from his mistakes, the list of Donald Trump’s moral offenses keeps growing. It’s time to say enough.”
Among those who showed support for the statement included Shane Claiborne, Director of Red Letter Christians; Rev. Dr. Peter Borgdorff, Executive Director Emeritus of the Christian Reformed Church in North America; Dr. Robert M. Franklin, President Emeritus of Morehouse College; Rev. Joshua Dubois, former head of the White House office on Faith Based Initiatives; and Rev. Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches.
Now that Trump is gaining traction in the race, more people are stepping up and speaking out against him.
SOURCE: Think Progress | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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