The Washington National Cathedral, located in the nation’s capital and home to several inaugural prayers and state funerals, is making headlines for criticizing Donald Trump, calling him “violent,” “dehumanizing,” and “dangerous.”
According to Episcopal News Service, it’s some of the “strongest, most direct language” religious leaders have made against Trump since he took office:
The statement, titled “Have We No Decency? A Response to President Trump,” is ultimately directed more at the American people than Trump himself, and draws a parallel between the present moment and Joseph Welch’s famous confrontation of Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1954.
“Make no mistake about it, words matter. And Mr. Trump’s words are dangerous. These words are more than a ‘dog whistle.’ When such violent dehumanizing words come from the President of the United States, they are a clarion call, and give cover to white supremacists who consider people of color a sub-human ‘infestation’ in America. They serve as a call to action from those people to keep America great by ridding it of such infestation. Violent words lead to violent actions.”
You don’t need to agree with their theology to recognize the truth in their words. At a time when so many people are silent and looking the other way while Trump takes control of both the GOP and white evangelical Christianity, it’s no small deal when religious leaders speak out.
For this particular church — my own faith tradition — to put out this statement is even more powerful given its history. If Trump can’t win over devout Americans, he’ll have a very difficult time winning in 2020.
Statements like these make it clear that you can follow Jesus or follow Trump, but you can’t do both.
(Image via Shutterstock)