Latino Evangelical Leaders Rebuke Inflammatory & Racist Campaign Rhetoric

 

As Latino evangelical pastors, we stand in bold rebuke of the inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric and proposals used by certain political candidates to marginalize and harm Latino and other immigrant communities. Political and religious leaders who directly or tacitly endorse candidates who espouse this language violate the moral truths we hold dear.

 

The extreme statements that candidates have made in this election are not idle talk, they are direct threats to the communities we serve. Moreover, the suggestion to “round up” and deport 11 million people would leave millions of families broken and communities paralyzed by fear. No American child should go to school in the morning fearing that her hardworking mom and dad will be whisked away by federal agents before she returns home. As pastors, we already witness such tragedies as a result of our broken immigration system; stepped up mass deportations would increase the suffering on a staggering scale.

 

Other proposals made on the campaign trail, such as reversing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), would immediately put hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to this country as children at risk of being deported to countries they have never known. Such needless dislocation is unjust.

 

In addition, rhetoric such as referring to Mexican-American immigrants as rapists, calling a ban on Muslim refugees fleeing violence, and endorsing torture practices have nurtured a climate of division that is detrimental to our democracy. Immigrant children in communities nationwide are already enduring xenophobic schoolyard taunts invoking the name of presidential candidates.

 

As shepherds of our community, we will not stand by in silence while our brothers, sisters, and neighbors are subjected to words and deeds that deny their human dignity and denigrate their families. Our Christian faith teaches us that our principles must triumph over partisanship. As Hispanic evangelical pastors and leaders, we believe that we cannot allow this rhetoric to remain unanswered.

 

We are monitoring political candidates for every office and will vocally oppose those who publicly endorse, espouse, or associate with xenophobia or racism. We will speak out just as loudly about candidates who remain silent while our community is attacked.

 

We expect better from our political leaders. We need real solutions, like a just immigration reform, not pandering or sacrificing our community for political gain. For all that Latinos contribute to America, candidates should be listening to our voices, not insulting and demeaning us. Any voices speaking in favor of candidates with xenophobic, misogynistic, or uncivil discourse do not speak for Latino evangelicals. The Gospel demands we speak up and we will.

 

In faith,

 

Dr. Gabriel Salguero

National Latino Evangelical Coalition

 

Rev. Noel Castellanos

Christian Community Development Association (CCDA)

 

Bishop José García

Bread for the World

 

Dr. Saturnino Gonzalez

Iglesia el Calvario

 

Rev. Sergio Navarrete

Asambleas de Dios

 

Bishop Fidencio Burgueño

Church of God

 

Bishop Jonathan Roque

Council of Damascus Christian Churches

 

Bishop Herman Morales Jr.

Pentecostal Church of God I.M.

 

Bishop Jonathan Roque

Council of Damascus Christian Churches

 

Bishop Angel Enriquez

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal MI

 

Bishop Harry J. Torres

Templo Internacional de Restauración

 

Bishop Herson Gonzalez

Calvary Worship Center

 

Bishop Harry Torres

Templo Internacional de Restauración

 

Rev. Michael A. Mata

Azusa Pacific Seminary

 

 

Dr.  Joanne Solis-Walker

Wesley Seminary/The Wesleyan Church

 

Dr. Alvin Padilla

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

 

Theologian Juan Carlos Morales

Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

 

Dr. Alvin Padilla

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

 

Dr. Michael Carrion

Evangelical Covenant Church

 

Dr.  Justo Gonzalez

United Methodist Church

 

Rev. Raymond Rivera

Latino Pastoral Action Center/Sanctuary Church

 

Rev. Steven Lozada

Templo El Refugio

 

Rev. Danny Diaz

Love Gospel Assembly Church

 

Pastor Luis Alba

Cantico Nuevo Christian Center

 

Rev. Richard Villodas

New Life Fellowship Church

 

Rev. Pablo Pizarro

Lighthouse Assembly of God and Lighthouse Latino

 

Rev. Ovidio de la Fuente

Templo Betania Assemblies of God

 

Rev. Eddy M. Aleman

The Reformed Church in America

 

Dr. Sammy Alfaro

New Day Church / Iglesia Nuevo Día

 

Dr. Jacqueline Tavárez

Asociación de Ministros de Carolina del Norte (AMENC)

 

Pastor  Reynaldo Bazan

The Lamb's Church

 

Rev. Walter Contreras

Pasadena Presbyterian Church

 

Rev. Luis Fernandez

Fountain of Salvation Churches

 

Dr. Marc Rivera

Primitive Christian Church

 

Rev. Saul Luzunaris

Florida Multicultural District Assemblies of God

 

Pastor  Luis E. Alvira

Iglesia Un Cantico Nuevo

 

Dr. Eliseo Nogueras

Hispanic Ministerial Association of Rhode Island

 

Dr. Vince Bantu

Jubilee Community Church

 

Pastor Danny Marin

NewLife Church

 

Dr. Eldin Villafane

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

 

Pastor Victor M. Ramos

Iglesia El Calvario

 

Rev. Verardo Acosta

Fountain of Salvation

Pastor Hector Salguero

Missionary Pentecostal Church

 

Rev. Daniel De Jesus

Arca de Salvación

 

Pastor Norberto Torres

Iglesia Cristiana El Refugio

 

Pastor Glenn J. Wilson

Restoration Family Worship Center

 

Pastor Luis E. Alvira

Iglesia Un Cantico Nuevo

 

Pastor Jesus Manuel Torres

Jesus Manuel Torres Ministries

 

Rev. Max Rodas

Nueva Luz URC

 

Dr. Roberto Hodgson

Church of the Nazarene

 

Rev. Verardo Acosta

Fountain of Salvation Church

 

Dr. Jared E. Alcántara

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

 

Pastor Daniel Mendez

New Life Church

 

Rev. Carlos Evans

CR Evans Ministries

 

Dr. Fernando Cascante

Pastor and Educator

 

Rev. Raul Perez

Decide Inc.

 

Rev. Sigfredo Rivera

Iglesia el Calvario

 

Pastor Jonathan Olavarria

The Hub Church

 

Pastor Omar Johnson

Iglesia El Calvario

 

Rev. Rafael A Rivera

Iglesia El Calvario, Orlando. (IEC)

 

Pastor Marcos D. Gonzalez

Faith Assembly of God

 

Pastor Jose Humphreys

Metro Hope Covenant Church

 

Rev. Joseph Pastori

Aseemblies of God Presbyter New Jersey

 

Sr. Enid Almanzar

The Lamb's Church

 

Pastor Ruben Nuno

PCUSA/Pentecostal

 

Pastor Jorge Sifuentes

LIFE Center Christian Church/Iglesia Centro de Vida

 

Rev. Javier Rodriguez Orona

Mision Mana del Cielo, Inc.

 

Sr. Meghann Nuño

Union Church Los Angeles

 

Evelmyn Ivens

Theologian

CCDA

 

Rev. Orlando Crespo

NaLec

 

Pastor Alex yepes

Casa evidencias

 

Rev. Peter Acevedo

Iglesia Criistiana Damasco de Hunt Point

 

Rev. Jose Gonzalez

Damascus Christian Church

 

Rev. Efrain Pineda

Congreso de Pastores y Lideres RED

 

Pastor Alberto Benitez Jr

IDDPMI Jehova Rafa

 

Ms. Ruth N Benitez

IDDPMI Jehova Rafa

 

Pastor Maria Acosta-Lopez

IDDPMI RAM FILIPENSES 4-19

 

Rev. Antonio Alfredo Cardona

IDDPMI-CMR Greenbelt

 

Rev. David Boneta

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal, MI Peniel

 

Pastor William A Peña

IDDPMI RAM. Cas a de Refugio y Esperanza

 

Pastor Santos Santiago

Iglesia Pentecostal de DIOS M.I.

 

Rev. Joseito Velasquez

Healing Waters Ministries

 

Pastor Vanessa Guzman

Aprendiendo a Ser La Luz

 

Rev. Danny Martinez

MHIPE. Ministerios Hispanos de la Iglesia del Pacto Evangelico.

 

Rev. Jerry D. Porter

Church of the Nazarene

 

Rev. David Ramos

Latino Leadership Circle

 

Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R.

Wheaton College Gaduate School

 

Dr. Orlando Crespo

National Latino Evangelical Coalition

 

Dr. Pedro J Windsor-Garcia

The Neighborhood Chapel - La Capilla del Barrio

 

Ms. Evelyn Toennies

Sanctuary Church

 

Rev. Jose L Acosta

Iglesia Oasis Pentecostal, AIC.
 

Pastor Jonathan Sanchez

IDDPMI RAM. Cas a de Refugio y Esperanza

Rev. Julio Rios Valentin

Visionaries of Christ Ministries, Inc. 

Pastor Javier Perez

Iddpmiram

Bishop Efrain Pineda, Jr. 

Congreso de Pastores y Lideres RED/Christian Life Center

Pastor Victor Rosado 

Iddpmi Emmanuel Church

Pastor Edward Alamo 

Iglesia Cristo es el camino la verdad y la vida

Rev. Elisamuel Rodriguez

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal, JEHOVA Nissi

Rev. William Figueroa

Iddpmi El Tabernaculo 

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