National Council of Churches Condemns Trump’s Cabinet Picks, Policy Agenda

(CREDIT: AP/ Evan Vucci)
(CREDIT: AP/ Evan Vucci)

In a statement, the group calls his cabinet picks “morally inconsistent with Christian principles.”

One of the country’s largest Christian groups has issued a sternly worded condemnation of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet selections and policy agenda, warning that Trump will put America’s most vulnerable citizens at “greater risk” if he does not change.

The National Council of Churches (NCC)—which represents 38 denominations and faith communities, or roughly 45 million peopleunveiled the statement on Friday afternoon. Co-signed by the Conference of National Black Churches, the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, the letter implores the former businessman not to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or slash funding for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — better known as food stamps — saying such programs protect the poor.

“We have grave concerns about a proposed policy agenda that, if enacted, would put the most vulnerable among us in jeopardy,” the statement reads. “Throughout Christian scriptures we are instructed to care for the poor and the most vulnerable…While working to improve the ACA will benefit all Americans, repealing it without simultaneously offering a replacement is reckless and unnecessarily endangers the health of millions of people. This is certainly no way to make America great.”

Signers also blasted Trump’s controversial cabinet picks.

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SOURCE: Think Progress
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