Evangelicals Bash Trump, Accuse Him Of ‘Bigotry’

Evangelical voters should not cast their ballots for Donald Trump because his “bigotry” violates biblical teachings, according to 75 leaders of the religious right.

The New York Times reported that the group, in a statement posted to Change.com on Thursday, cited Trump’s claim that President Obama was not born in the United States and his characterization of Mexican immigrants as “killers” and “rapists.”

The statement declared: “We, undersigned evangelicals, simply will not tolerate the racial, religious and gender bigotry that Donald Trump has consistently and deliberately fueled, no matter how else we choose to vote or not to vote. We believe that racial bigotry has been a cornerstone of this campaign. It is a foundational matter of the gospel for us in this election, and not just another issue. This is not just a social problem, but a fundamental wrong. We see this election as a significant teachable moment for our churches and our nation to bring about long-needed repentance from our racial sin.”

The leaders did not endorse Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, either. The statement noted that she “is both supported and distrusted by a variety of Christian voters.”

The group slammed the news media for allegedly portraying the evangelical movement as old, white and conservative. “We are not those evangelicals,” the statement stressed. “The media’s narrow labels of our community perpetuate stereotypes, ignore our diversity, and fail to accurately represent views expressed by the full body of evangelical Christians.”

Source: Politico
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