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Open letter from faith leaders to Donald Trump

Friday, December 11, 2015   (0 Comments)
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The UUMA has received the follow request from the UUSC regarding an open letter to Donald Trump that organizers are planning to publish as a full-page ad in one or more newspapers.  More than 2,500 faith leaders signed in the first 24 hours.  You’ll see the text of the letter and the endorsement link below. Please note, assurance has been given that any institutional reference will be listed as “for identification purposes only”.


This effort is being organized by Faith In Public Life (FPL), a very well-respected PR firm known for its fine work with the religious community.  They were the genius, for example, behind the Nuns on the Bus tour with Sister Simone. If you have any questions or suggestions about this effort, please don’t hesitate to contact FPL’s Vice President, Myles Duffy at:


Along with a few partners, FPL is helping to circulate this sign on letter:

Open letter from faith leaders to Donald Trump

As leaders in America's faith community, our institutions do not engage in partisan politics. We do, however, speak to important moral and ethical issues facing our nation.

In this spirit, we write to express in the strongest possible terms our deep disappointment and even disgust with the proposal made by you to stop allowing Muslims to enter the United States.

Our faith traditions demand that we extend a welcoming hand to those in need. America is an immigrant nation. We know that many have come to our country, and continue to do so, seeking religious freedom and an end to persecution. This is true for Syrian refugees fleeing ISIL today, and many others displaced by war, conflict and disaster.

We remember that too many religious leaders stood silent as Jews fled Germany during Hitler's rise to power. In fact, some religious leaders and politicians argued that Jews should not be allowed into the United States during that period. In that same timeframe, too many religious leaders stood silent as Japanese-Americans were interned into camps as their patriotism was questioned. Bigotry and discrimination prevailed.

Muslims serve this nation in offices of public service, in our Armed Forces, in law-enforcement, and as community builders. These are our neighbors, our friends, and children of God.

We cannot remain silent as political leaders seek to divide Americans along religious lines for partisan gain. Your language and proposals serve only to divide our nation and to bring comfort to ISIS and their allies.

Mr. Trump, we ask in this holy season that you reflect on your proposals and repudiate those that you have made, that our country may be a beacon of hope and not fear.

Please add your support via this link:


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