Faith Groups and Faith Leaders Condemning Trump Zero Tolerance Policy That Separates Families.
I found this interesting thread on Twitter of all the faith groups/faith leaders condemning either the Trump admin’s zero tolerance policy that separates families (and/or asylum change), Sessions’ argument that the Bible supports its enforcement, or both.
The list credit belongs to National Reporter, Jack Jenkins.
Here are a few:
1. The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops condemned both policies in a statement, and individual bishops have called for inspection of detention centers, protests, and possible “canonical penalties” for those who enforce the policies. https://t.co/aWBBdX7kzP?amp=1
2. The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution on Tuesday at its Dallas meeting calling for immigration reform that maintains “the priority of family unity.” http://www.sbcannualmeeting.net/sbc18/resolutions
3. Franklin Graham, longtime supporter of Trump, said of the practice: “It’s disgraceful, and it’s terrible to see families ripped apart and I don’t support that one bit.” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/franklin-graham-blasts-tru…
4. The African Methodist Episcopal Church said Sessions’ attempt to justify the practice “in addition to being sad and sinful, shows a deep misunderstanding of the transforming truth of scripture.” https://religionnews.com/…/press-release-ame-church-condem…/
5. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (Quakers) has been pretty vocal in their pushback to the policy. “Don't buy into the taking points. #FamilySeparation isn't upholding the law - it's a choice that the administration is making. A cruel, unnecessary choice. Congress has to speak out now. #FamiliesBelongTogether.” - @FCNL
6. The United Church of Christ was one of 20 interfaith leaders who signed this statement on “keeping families together” directly criticizing the policy. http://www.ucc.org/news_u_s_interfaith_leaders_urge_governm… 7. You know who else signed that statement? Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. You may remember him as the preacher at the royal wedding.
8. Other signers include the heads of: Armenian Church of America Islamic Society of North America Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Moravian Church Southern (and northern) Province Mennonite Church USA Disciples of Christ Union for Reform Judaism Islamic Relief USA …
9. Also leaders of: Presbyterian Church (USA) Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Reformed Church in America Christian Methodist Episcopal Church International Council of Community Churches And others from groups already named.
10. Another group of evangelical leaders condemned the policy in a letter. Signers included Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who read scripture at Trump’s inauguration, as well as Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals http://www.christianpost.com/…/evangelical-leaders-condemn…/
11. Other signers included: Scott Arbeiter, President of World Relief Shirley V. Hoogstra, Prex of Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Hyepin Im, President & CEO of Korean Churches for Community Development Jo Anne Lyon, Ambassador for The Wesleyan Church
12. AND… Russell Moore, President of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Richard Stearns, President of World Vision
13. Oh also the Quakers just specifically rejected Sessions’ argument here.https://www.fcnl.org/…/quaker-lobby-criticizes-attorney-gen…
14. 26 different Jewish organizations sent a letter condemning the policy, as noted (and linked) below:
15. Oh, and in case it wasn’t clear before: the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church also passionately called on admin to end the policy. NOTE: Sessions is reportedly Methodist. These are the bishops of his tradition. http://www.umc.org/…/faith-leaders-statement-on-family-sepa…
16. Church World Service, which regularly advocates for immigrants, also condemned the policy. http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/…/CWS-Family-Separatio… 17. More than 2,500 women faith leaders signed this demanding the policy be brought to an end: https://www.faithinpubliclife.org/families-belong-together
18. Also the UMC’s General Board of Church and Society put out this statement:https://www.umcjustice.org/…/a-shocking-violation-of-the-sp…
19. And the Unitarian Universalist Association https://www.uua.org/lovere…/…/love-resists-family-separation
20. Also, it appears Johnnie Moore, the de facto spokesperson for Trump’s unofficial evangelical advisory council, is critical of Sessions’ argument. “Spokesman of Trump’s informal evangelical advisory board @JohnnieM “While Sessions may take the Bible seriously, in this situation he has demonstrated he is no theologian.” - @mboorstein
21. AND the head of the Washington National Cathedral. “Dean @Rhollerith: If this administration is looking to Scripture to justify policy, perhaps they should also consider what Jesus said: “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” https://cathedral.org/…/dean-randy-hollerith-scripture-doe…/
22. AND Rev. William Barber and Rev. Liz Theoharris if the Poor People’s Campaign.
23. Jewish Orthodox Union joins the list. https://www.ou.org/…/jewish-communal-letter-condemning-fam…/
24. World Vision, an evangelical Christian organization, speaks out against the policy. https://www.worldvision.org/…/world-vision-urges-u-s-govern…
25. Many smaller groups, such as this Orlando-based Jewish org, are also making their voices heard on this issue. JCRC statement on cruel, inhumane and unnecessary family separation policies:
26. American Baptists condemn the border policy AND had this to say to Sessions: “No responsible Christian theologian would assert that Romans 13 … supports the horrific separation of children from parents that we are witnessing at the present time.” https://www.abcnj.net/…/american-baptists-respond-to-refuge…- h/t Jack Jenkins’ twitter feed @jackmjenkins