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1500 Interfaith Clergy Call on Republican Lawmakers to Reject Trump’s Presidential “Cabinet of Bigotry”


November 23, 2016


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, 202-735-7123

Mia Young, myoung@faithinpubliclife.org, 202-374-0416

1500 Interfaith Clergy Call on Republican Lawmakers to Reject Trump’s Presidential “Cabinet of Bigotry”

Washington, D.C. — More than 1,500 interfaith leaders are calling on Republican members of Congress to reject President-elect Donald Trump’s “Cabinet of Bigotry” that includes Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alt-Right leader Steve Bannon, and Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, and to appoint advisers who understand that forging a more tolerant, united and inclusive America is the best way forward.  

Prominent Catholic, Protestant, Sikh, Muslim and Jewish faith leaders have endorsed a national petition stating that white supremacy has no place in the West Wing or any other rung of leadership. To sign our petition, click here

“All of our faith traditions teach us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves,” the letter states. “After a painful and contentious election, the future of our nation rests in our ability to unite and work collaboratively for the common good of all people. But we cannot coalesce around these ambassadors of hatred, bigotry and intimidation,” the letter continues.

“Republican leaders must reject President-elect Trump’s cabinet of bigotry and demand advisors who embody the values that make our nation great — liberty, justice and freedom for all,” said Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life and the petition’s primary author. “I stand firmly with those who feel left out of Trump’s vision of our nation. Americans of every race, color, sexual orientation and religious background should feel included and valued in this nation we call home.”

Prominent faith leaders who have endorsed the petition include: Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, Professor of Theological and Social Ethics, Fordham University; Patricia McGuire, President, Trinity Washington University; Barbara Williams-Skinner, President, Skinner Leadership Institute; and Imam Mansoor Sabree, Inner-City Muslim Action Network. Affiliations are for identification purposes only.

To read the letter and view the full list of signers, click here.


Faith in Public Life is a strategy center for the faith community advancing faith in the public square as a powerful force for justice, compassion and the common good.

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