Christian Leaders Hold Press Conference, Say Trump Does Not Speak For Us


June 21, 2016



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Christian Leaders Hold Press Conference, Say Trump Does Not Speak For Us

Prominent Clergy Rebuke Trump’s Violent, Sexist and Racist Rhetoric, Insist Christianity is Broader than the Religious Right


New York, N.Y. -- On Tuesday, June 21st at 10:00 AM, a prominent group of clergy held a press conference at the Marriott Marquis in New York City to rebuke Donald Trump’s vitriolic, immoral and bigoted rhetoric as he spoke with a group of conservative evangelical leaders in the  same building.


During the event, pastors underscored the social justice issues and moral agenda at the heart of their faith communities in this election year, and urged Trump to honor these priorities. To hear an audio version of the press conference, click here.


Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister, The Riverside Church

"These Christian leaders are gathered because Donald Trump has a Christian values problem. As Christians we know that we are to love our enemies. Donald Trump wants to trade torture for diplomacy. He wants us not to just kill our enemies, but their families too. In this election, Christian voters must be the ultimate swing voters, evaluating candidates on their ability to love their God and neighbor."


Rev. Derrick Harkins, Senior Vice-President for Innovations in Public Programming, Union Theological Seminary; past board member of National Association of Evangelicals

"Donald, what do you think God requires of you? I would hope that those who are meeting with Trump today would answer simply this: God requires me to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly."


Noel Castellanos, President and CEO, Christian Community Development Association

"As a Mexican American and a person of faith, I say we won't bow to the hatred, Donald Trump. We say that love will win the day."