This week, Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” I will not presume how this kind of rhetoric sounds to others but it does not fit with how I have always viewed my political party, my vision for my country, or my religious beliefs.
The National Republican Party 2012 platform states:
The Republican Party includes Americans from every faith and tradition, and our policies and positions respect the right of every American to follow his or her beliefs and underscore our reverence for the religious freedom envisioned by the Founding Fathers of our nation and of our party.
The U.S. Constitution states:
Article IV, Paragraph 3
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The Bible states:
When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all? Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
(emphasis to each added)
We live in dangerous times which require strong action by the United States to respond to the foreign and domestic threats to our country, but we should not abandon our political party’s principles, our nation’s laws, and our sacred beliefs in the process. Therefore, as a Republican, as an American, and as a Christian, Donald Trump does not speak for me.