Trump’s comments honoring Martin Luther King Jr. “added insult to injury”

“His own comments expose him. They were elitist and blatantly racist.” Trump’s comments honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. “added insult to injury.”

A.R. Bernard is a black pastor of a 40,000-member church in New York City. He resigned from the evangelical council in August 2017 after Trump blamed “both sides” for deadly violence in Charlottesville.

Source: Some evangelical leaders continue to back Trump after his ‘shithole’ comments – The Washington Post

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Billy Graham’s granddaughter, Jerushah Armfield, says Donald Trump needs to clean up his act

I just don’t want [President Trump] to be held up as the poster boy for Christian evangelicals because he doesn’t represent most of us. I understand a lot of evangelicals supporting him because of his policies. I’d love to see a Christian leader come out and say that they support Trump for his policies, but that his behavior disgusts them, and he needs to clean up his act. I would love to just hear one of them say that. If they support his policies, they also feel like they have to stay hush(ed) on his behavior and I just feel that it’s sending the wrong message to the world about what Christianity is and what Evangelicals are, or I guess, have become. — Jerushah Armfield

Jerushah Armfield is an evangelical writer, the granddaughter of the iconic evangelist Billy Graham, and Franklin Graham’s niece. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jerushahruth.

Source: Billy Graham’s granddaughter: Donald Trump needs to apologize – CNN

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the leaders of the Resistance

There are those who celebrate a false Dr. King, a straw man, their own representation of the so-called “peaceful protest.” They may recall the words, but neither the meaning nor the context. They remember the dream, but not the fight to make that dream a reality. Not the fact that those dreams were often born inside a jail cell. Dr. King was a righteous agitator, a revolutionary. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the leaders of the Resistance.

Source: MLK Day reminder to ignore detractors of dissent – NY Daily News

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Dear World, Franklin Graham Doesn’t Speak For Us, Or Jesus

“Dear world, Franklin Graham is not our leader, not our pastor, not our spokesperson, nor our example—and with all due respect, in my personal opinion, he’s nothing like Jesus. The screeching sound of his bigotry, pride, self-righteousness, mean-spirited condemnation, and imperialistic faith overtakes and overshadows all.” — Chris Kratzer

See: Dear World, Franklin Graham Doesn’t Speak For Us, Or Jesus

Chris Kratzer is a husband, father, pastor, author, and speaker. His focus is communicating the message of Grace and the beauty of Jesus particularly as it relates to life, culture, and church.

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Trump-supporting evangelist Franklin Graham is worried about refugees — as long as they’re Christian

“That [Franklin] Graham apparently isn’t similarly disturbed by the plight of non-Christians targeted by Trump’s crackdown on immigrants and refugees might not be surprising, though. The evangelical leader has a history of expressing openly Islamophobic sentiments, and in 2015, called a ban on all Muslim immigration to the U.S.”

Source: Trump-supporting evangelist Franklin Graham is worried about refugees — as long as they’re Christian

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Trump is fueling censorship in the Middle East

“After consistently attacking the press at home, U.S. President Donald Trump is now in many ways responsible for undermining it in a region where it is perhaps most critical. Trump accused Qatar of extremism in a series of tweets that ignored that the country is home to the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East. Trump has praised authoritarian leaders who have cracked down on their press, including but not limited to: Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Phillippines President Rodrigo Duterte, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.”

Source: Trump is fueling censorship in the Middle East – ThinkProgress

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If you didn’t like the Christian right, you’ll really hate the post-Christian right

“The religious leaders who most readily endorsed Trump were representatives of two of the Christian ‘heresies’ overtaking traditional Christianity in America: the Prosperity Gospel and the religion of American nationalism. All over Europe, and increasingly America, we see the post-Christian right turning into a nationalist, or even ethno-nationalist, movement. A secularized America is going to have a much more extreme right wing, but also a much more extreme left wing, and fewer ways for them to interact and talk.” — Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

Source: If you didn’t like the Christian right, you’ll really hate the post-Christian right

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry is a writer and fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He writes about religion, culture, politics, economics, business and technology. Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/pegobry.

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Many faith leaders join the March for Science

“We think both religion and science teach humility, and that we are part of something larger. We believe we have a moral obligation to take care of the Earth and to care for each other. And science can help service that.” — Rev. Brian Sauder

See: Faith groups backing march see an ally in science

Brian Sauder grew up in a deeply religious Anabaptist community in rural Illinois. Now a minister in Chicago, Sauder is just one of many faith leaders who are planning to join the March for Science, and see little conflict between faith and science. He is the executive director of a Chicago-based nonprofit called Faith in Place, which works with faith communities across Illinois to promote environmental justice and sustainability. Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/briansauder

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Catholic leaders in Syria criticize US missile strikes

“Two prominent Catholic leaders in Syria criticized the U.S. missile strikes against their nation, wondering why they occurred before investigations into the origins of chemical attacks reported April 4. Bishop Georges Khazen, who serves Latin-rite Catholics in Aleppo, told the Rome-based Fides news agency that he was baffled by ‘the speed with which it was decided and carried out, without any adequate investigation into the tragic massacre with chemical weapons which took place in Idlib province.’ He said the attack ‘opens new disturbing scenarios for all.’” — Catholic News Service

See: Catholic leaders in Syria criticize US missile strikes

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Following Jesus is not “family safe”

“We’re never going to be “family safe” – especially if you’re committed to sharing God’s message of hope with the world. Just ask the house church pastors in China, or Christian leaders in Darfur. Following Jesus is costly and involves a risk.” — Phil Cooke

See: The Sin of Living in the Bubble

Phil Cooke is a writer, television producer, and media consultant based in Burbank, California, as well as a critic of some aspects of contemporary American and American-influenced Christian culture. He is an evangelical Christian and, as Scott McClellan of Collide Magazine wrote, “At times, Cooke may appear to be Christian media’s biggest critic but, as he is quick to point out, he criticizes because he loves.” Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/PhilCooke

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Franklin Graham’s Global Fallout, from Canada to Japan

“[Franklin] Graham has advocated the use of nuclear weapons against America’s adversaries after 9/11, seemingly countering the Sermon on the Mount’s message of “love your enemies.” In light of this position in particular, Christian leaders in Okinawa were divided over whether to receive him. Hiroshima and Tokyo canceled their plans to host Graham as an evangelist because of his partisan political statements.” — Ken Shigematsu

See: Franklin Graham’s Global Fallout, from Canada to Japan

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Good citizens test assumptions, question leaders, argue details, research claims

“Good citizens test assumptions, question leaders, argue details, research claims. Investigate. Read. Write. Listen. Speak. Think. Be wary of those who disparage the investigators, the readers, the writers, the listeners, the speakers and the thinkers. Be suspicious of those who confuse reality with reality TV, and those who repeat falsehoods while insisting, against all evidence, that they are true. To defend freedom, demand fact.” — LA Times Editorial Board

See: Why Trump Lies

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Most right-wing fundamentalists want government to enforce exclusionary dogma

“The goal of most right-wing fundamentalist Christians is not and never will be disengagement; it is to meddle in the lives of others and use the government as an instrument to enforce their narrow, exclusionary dogma.” — Rob Boston

See: It’s Time For The Religious Right To Embrace The ‘Mind-Your-Own-Business’ Option

Robert Boston is Director of Communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Editor of Church & State magazine. Americans United for Separation of Church and State was founded in 1947 by a broad coalition of religious, educational and civic leaders.

Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/robboston1

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Trump’s unwillingness to admit when he’s wrong is stunting him

“President Donald Trump is incurious, ignorant, and ill-informed.  He hides this with rudeness, bluster, and lies. He’s a bull-shitter, and he’s had lots of practice. Being Trump means never having to say you’re sorry. In his unapologetic blustering, Trump echoes the foreign leader he seems to admire most: Vladimir Putin. His unwillingness to admit when he’s wrong, his showboating to hide uncomfortable truths, are stunting him.” — William Astore

William Astore is a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF), professor of history, and writer/blogger.

See: Incurious Donald: The Woeful Trump Presidency

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Over 100 faith leaders send letter opposing Trump’s budget plan

“Matthew 25 tells us when we serve the least of these, we are serving the Lord. As people of faith, we cannot turn our back on those in desperate need. It is our moral responsibility to urge you to support and protect the International Affairs Budget.”

See: 106 Faith Leaders Sign Letter to Congressional Leadership Supporting U.S. International Affairs Budget

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