Evangelicals Urge Trump to Condemn Alt-Right in Open Letter
“This movement has escaped your disapproval,” the Christian leaders wrote in the open letter, titled “We need you to speak.”
According to ChristianToday.com, the letter goes on to say, “We believe it is important for this movement to be addressed, for at its core it is a white identity movement and the majority of its members are white nationalists or white supremacists.”
This letter follows the violence that took place at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA last month.
“This movement gained public prominence during your candidacy for President of the United States. Supporters of the movement have claimed that you share their vision for our country. These same supporters have sought to use the political and cultural concerns of people of goodwill for their prejudiced political agendas. It concerned many of us when three people associated with the alt-right movement were given jobs in the White House,” the letter continues.
Signatories of the letter include Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore, megachurch pastor T. D. Jakes, Rev. Paula White who is a member of Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board, and Hispanic Christian leader Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, as well as other prominent evangelicals.
Photo: White nationalist demonstrators walk through town after their rally was closed down near Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017.
Photo courtesy: AP/Steve Helber via Religion News Service
Publication date: September 29, 2017