Faith leaders condemn Muslim ban
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2017
Contact: Aimee Thunberg ([email protected])
Statement of Auburn Seminary President the Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson
NEW YORK — In response the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow the Muslim ban to be enforced fully while lower courts hear arguments to overturn it, Auburn Seminary President the Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson issued the following statement:
“The administration’s attack on Muslims violates the spirit of our country and the most basic moral mandate to love our neighbors. As faith leaders, we believe in a God who is our ‘refuge and strength’ and requires us to welcome the stranger, to be of service to our sisters and brothers and all those ‘others’ created in the image of God — and that includes Muslims.
“President Trump scapegoated Muslims — dehumanizing and casting them as outsiders and others — when he ran for office. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court is complicit in Trump’s attacks on their rights. In allowing the Muslim ban to be enforced, our country is discriminating against people because of their religious beliefs; that goes against the core American value of religious freedom — a founding ideal of our nation and the bedrock of our democracy.
“People of faith and moral courage must now live up to God’s call to do justice, love with kindness and walk humbly. We condemn the ongoing persecution of Muslims and call on our elected officials to reject xenophobic hate and govern with compassion.”
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