Over 2,400 faith leaders are requesting a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss their concerns and to call for a “moral agenda."
According to ChristianToday.com, the faith leaders, including James Forbes, president of the Healing of the Nations Ministries, Rev Traci Blackmon, acting executive minister for the United Church of Christ's Justice and Witness Ministries, Rev Katharine Henderson, president of Auburn Seminary, Imam Tahir Kukiqi of the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center of New York City, and Lisa Sharon Harper, chief church engagement officer with the progressive evangelical group Sojourners, have sent a letter to the President-elect, requesting a meeting with him before his inauguration on Jan. 20.
"Since your election, our communities have been fractured by harassment and intimidation," the letter reads. "People of color and religious minorities are afraid. Poor working people who you appealed to in your campaign are disappointed that you have attacked their union leaders while appointing Wall Street elites who use them to your Cabinet.
And while we know no human being is perfect, we wish to speak with you about these moral issues because far too much is at stake for you to succumb to your worst demons while in public office,” it continues.
Harper also added that the leaders are concerned about the way Trump has spoken about other races and religions.
"Mr Trump, during his campaign, talked from the very first speech to the very last speech about people of color, immigrants, Muslims, as if they were not full human beings worthy of full dignity and protection under the law," she said.
"What we are determined to do to is to lift up a faith witness that reminds the public and Mr Trump that all of us, all of us are made in the image of God and as a result worthy of full protection under the law."
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Publication date: January 5, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.