“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
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
“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.
“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
“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
“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.
“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
“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
“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
“[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
“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
“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
“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