American Religious Leader Condemn Trump’s Immigration Order: But Is Anyone Listening?

President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, Jan. 31, 2017.  (Nicholas Kamm—AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, Jan. 31, 2017. (Nicholas Kamm—AFP/Getty Images)

Few issues unite American religious leaders across the spiritual and political spectrum. Condemning President Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration is now one of them.

But will the people in the pews heed their calls to action?
Since the order was released on Friday, a growing chorus of top Christians, Muslims, Jews and leaders of other faiths have denounced it, calling it contrary to their spiritual traditions and the country’s values.
“This weekend proved to be a dark moment in U.S. history,” Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, a top ally of Pope Francis, said on Sunday, expressing a sentiment widely echoed in churches, synagogues and mosques. “The world is watching as we abandon our commitments to American values.”
Meanwhile, nearly 18,500 people have signed a statement promoted by a coalition of evangelical groups pledging to welcome refugees and urging elected officials to assist them.
Separately, a letter to Congress and Trump from the Interfaith Immigration Coalition has more than 2,000 signatures, including from the heads of several Jewish organizations and Protestant denominations who collectively represent millions of Americans.
On Sunday, more than 500 Catholics celebrated Mass outside the White House, seeking to express solidarity with immigrants and refugees.
Even Trump’s childhood church has condemned the executive order.
The Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, the top official in the Presbyterian Church (USA), called Trump’s order “a miscarriage of justice.”
“I urge the president and his administration to reverse this very harmful decision regarding refugees,” Nelson said. “Presbyterians are not afraid of this so-called terror threat. We are not afraid because we profess a faith in Jesus, who entered the world a refugee.”
As a boy, Trump attended a Presbyterian church in Queens, New York, that is now part of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He still calls himself a Presbyterian, though he no longer regularly attends church services.

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SOURCE: CNN
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