Khizr Khan, 2500 Faith Leaders Urge Congress to Reject ‘Cabinet of Bigotry’


December 14, 2016


Michelle Nealy,, 202-735-7123



Khizr Khan, 2500 Faith Leaders Urge Congress to Reject ‘Cabinet of Bigotry’

Clergy meet with Senate offices, urge rejection of Sen. Jeff Sessions  for Attorney General  

Washington, D.C. -- On Wednesday, December 14th, Gold Star father Khizr Khan and civil rights leader Rev. William Barber joined a prominent coalition of faith, family, and community leaders organized by Faith in Public Life calling on President-elect Donald Trump and Congressional leaders to reject bigotry and appoint advisers and Cabinet members who understand that forging a more tolerant, united and inclusive America is the best way forward.


The diverse delegation of clergy and community leaders, which included Karen Korematsu, daughter of the late Fred Korematsu, who fought Japanese-American internment during WWII; Faith in Public Life CEO Rev. Jennifer Butler; Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block of Bend the Arc Jewish Action; Dr. Stephen Schneck of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America; and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO & Co-Founder of MomsRising, delivered to Congressional leadership offices a national petition signed by 2,500 religious leaders condemning the elevation of many divisive figures, including Sen. Jeff Session,  to senior leadership positions in the administration of President-elect Trump.


To watch a recording of the event, click here.  


Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO, Faith in Public Life:

“We need an Attorney General for all Americans. We need someone in this position who protects voting rights for people of color rather than seeking to undermine them. We need an Attorney General who seeks a tougher stance on hate crimes, who respects all religions and does not disproportionately jail people of color.”


Rev. William Barber, National Lecturer, Repairers of the Breach:

“We must move in the streets and in the suites to counterbalance the extremism that we see going on. [We] have to have a movement that does not use the puny language of left versus right or Democrat versus Republican, but ask three simple questions, ‘Are these policies and appointments morally defensible, constitutionally consistent, and economically sane?’ We must also stand on the shoulders of the prophetic warriors who came before us. This is not America’s first time with a racist president.”


Khizr Khan, father of United States Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War:

“At each community gathering, I ask to sit with children and they have the same question, ‘When we come back from school, will our parents be there?’ I have no answer. But today, standing in this sacred house of God, I’ve found answers. This group of courageous faith leaders are a solution for us. Our faith teaches us that our creator never puts his creation in jeopardy without providing a solution.”


Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO & Co-Founder, MomsRising:

“Donald Trump’s nominees for Cabinet positions — and the man he has selected to serve as chief White House strategist and senior counselor — do not reflect or lift the people of our nation. Instead they undermine our economy, hurt our children, and tear the fabric of our democracy. In word and in deed, many have shown themselves to be intolerant, racist, xenophobic, and sexist. This is not the future we seek to build for our children.”


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