Despite his best efforts to do the exact opposite, one positive result from Trump’s executive order banning individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. has been the people of all different races, classes, religions, and so forth who have been brought together in the fight against the Trump administration.
However, one religious group Trump claims to be a part of is now firing back. A group of Christian organizations sent a letter to President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence on Sunday, condemning them for the recently-issued executive order.
During an interview with CBN News on Friday, Trump said he would prioritize Christian refugees looking to come to the United States over refugees from other religious backgrounds. He’s also took to Twitter this weekend, writing, “Christians in the Middle-East have been executed in large numbers. We cannot allow this horror to continue!”
Christians in the Middle-East have been executed in large numbers. We cannot allow this horror to continue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
In a letter obtained by POLITICO, a collective of Christian leaders notes that “the Bible teaches us that each person—including each refugee, regardless of their country of origin, religious background, or any other qualifier—is made in the Image of God, with inherent dignity and potential. Their lives matter to God, and they matter to us.”
The following Christian groups signed the letter:
- The Accord Network
- Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
- Korean Churches for Community Development
- The National Association of Evangelicals
- The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
- The Wesleyan Church
- World Relief and World Vision
The letter goes on to state how “troubled” members of these groups are over Trump’s executive order, and asked that the White House “reconsider these decisions, allowing for resettlement of refugees to resume immediately.”
‘While the U.S. has in recent years received only a fraction of 1 percent of the world’s refugees annually, we believe the refugee resettlement program provides a lifeline to these uniquely vulnerable individuals and a vital opportunity for our churches to live out the biblical commands to love our neighbors, to make disciples of all nations, and to practice hospitality.’
On Sunday the archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Blasé Cupich, also spoke out to condemn Trump over his Muslim ban, saying the “weekend proved to be a dark moment in U.S. history.”
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