RELEASE: After Charlottesville, The Faith Community Has a Moral Imperative to Condemn Hate, CAP Column Says

Washington, D.C. — In the aftermath of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, a new column from the Center for American Progress says that the religious leaders have a moral obligation to condemn hate and promote dignity and respect for all people.

It is deeply disturbing that members of President Donald Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board would defend his racially divisive comments in response to the Charlottesville tragedy, but more troubling are the members of the clergy who remained silent, says the column by LaShawn Warren, vice president of CAP’s Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative. Regardless of the political environment, the nation should always be able to rely on the faith community to be a moral voice in calling out evil, Warren says.

Warren argues that the gospel rings hollow unless it speaks to the oppressive conditions under which people live. She says it is impossible to lay claim to a value of love on one hand, and either remain silent or defend acts and symbols of hatred on the other.

Read the column: “Race and the Creditability of the Church,” by LaShawn Warren.

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