National Cathedral rebuke of Trump
So I know there’s a bunch of Trump haters here and that all the Trump supporters will get downvoted to oblivion, but hopefully we can keep the topic away from politics and get multiple viewpoints.
The National Cathedral released a “prayer” yesterday speaking out against Trump’s recent rhetoric which has been characterized as overtly racist and xenophobic as well as hateful, divisive, etc. Trump and many supporters dispute that characterization and tout improvements for minorities under his administration. This is not to debate whether Trump is racist. This is just context.
Given the separation of church and state, and the fact that churches are prohibited from involving themselves in politics (tax exempt) do you think it was appropriate for the church to speak out against Trump? Or do you feel that since there is no mention of policy or politics directly, and because this is addressing a moral societal issue that it’s entirely appropriate for the church to speak out even if it against a person in political office?
I won’t paste the whole thing (it’s available on cathedral.org under Press Releases) but it is titled “Have We No Decency? A Response to President Trump” and says in part:
“As leaders of faith who believe in the sacredness of every single human being, the time for silence is over. We must boldly stand witness against the bigotry, hatred, intolerance, and xenophobia that is hurled at us, especially when it comes from the highest offices of this nation. We must say that this will not be tolerated. To stay silent in the face of such rhetoric is for us to tacitly condone the violence of these words. We are compelled to take every opportunity to oppose the indecency and dehumanization that is racism, whether it comes to us through words or actions.”