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National Black Church Initiative calls Donald Trump ‘downright evil’

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Rev. Anthony Evans (Photo Courtesy: NBCI)

The National Black Church Initiative led by Rev. Anthony Evans issued a statement late Monday night following Donald Trump’s controversial meeting with Black pastors earlier that day on Nov. 30, 2015.

The letter stated in part that Trump, a member of the Presbyterian community, “is a cancer on our democracy and the pervasiveness of this cancer must be cut out using the fervent tools of prayer, votes, and moral authority.”

Evans, who was listed in 2013 by The Root 100 as a top pastor became president of NBCI in 1992. It’s a coalition of 34K African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI partners with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based solutions to economic and social issues.

The organization likens Donald Trump as the “biggest racist since Bull Connor. He is not good for America. He needs to drop out.” Born Theophilus Eugene Connor, Bull Connor was a police chief in Birmingham, Alabama.

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. launched a series of non-violent, anti-segregation protests in downtown Birmingham, and Connor ordered his police department to use fire hoses, police dogs, and night sticks to break up the demonstrations. Images of this crime against humanity were seen around the world and symbolize the absurdity of White supremacy and their resistance to the civil rights of Black people.

Read NBCI’s open letter in its entirety:

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans cannot sit by and allow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to verbally assault every ethnic group who make up the fabric of our country. He has assaulted Blacks, Mexicana, Latino, Muslims and anyone who he believed is not contributing to America or not American. For whatever reason, he has assaulted everyone except for poor whites. Donald Trump is clearly dividing us by giving one group of American a false sense of superiority thus indicating the rest of us are un-American.

Scapegoating an entire group of people is the worst form of bigotry. Donald Trump is playing to our lowest common denominator as he has sought and continues to seek to divide us by income, race, religion and political ideology. What disturbs us the more is that there has not been a majority of people of goodwill who have stood up to denounce this dangerous rhetoric and hate-filled speech. Has our country become oblivious to this type of behavior that we forfeit the character of humanity which binds us together in the greatest nation on Earth? Has our country become immune to this type of behavior that we are willing to have the principles of free speech compromised and redefined at the expense of the integrity of American citizenry?

Furthermore, Donald Trump calls himself a Christian, but his behavior toward fellow Americans has been un-Christian and uncharitable and, in some cases, downright evil. The Black Church will not stand for this type of derogatory behavior and remains unafraid of Donald Trump and his hate-filled rhetoric. Our history shows the Black Church has collectively fought to overcome racism and racist ideology and people. Through the compelling use of moral goodness, prayers, and votes, we the Black Church have paralyzed and immobilized racist and immoral giants. We will do the same with regards to Donald Trump.

Thus, for the sake of the collective good of the American society, we believe Donald Trump should drop out the race for the 2016 Republican Party Presidential Primaries. He is not good for America. While freedom of speech allows him some leverage in affording him some rights to be able to say anything he wants, we also have the right to oppose him. That is the essence of America and that is why we call for Donald Trump to remove himself from the Republican Party Presidential Primaries. The need to maintain the high integrity of our American society requires a different tone and a different kind of leader.

The Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative said “We are not going to let Donald Trump or anyone else assault black people or any other groups. We will oppose him and others through our moral goodness. He is the biggest racist since Bull Conner and we believe Donald Trump should drop out the race.” As you might recall, Bull Conner was determined to kill or lock up every black that spoke against his racist concept of America. Similarly, Donald Trump believes that he can rid America of everyone who does not agree with his fascist ideology.

Here is Donald Trump in his own words:

On illegal immigrants (June): “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”

On illegal immigrants who are rapists (July): “Well, somebody’s doing the raping, Don (Lemon)! I mean somebody’s doing it! Who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?”

On John McCain’s war record (July): “He’s not a war hero…He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

On giving out Lindsey Graham ’s phone number (July): “He doesn’t seem like a very bright guy. He actually probably seems to me not as bright as Rick Perry. I think Rick Perry probably is smarter than Lindsey Graham.”

On refusing to pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee, during first debate (August): “I will not make the pledge at this time.”

On Megyn Kelly as a debate moderator (August): “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”

On Carly Fiorina, in a Rolling Stone interview (September): “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”
On not challenging anti-Muslim questioner who said he needs to get rid of Muslims (September): “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things.”
On blaming George W. Bush for 9-11 (October): “When you talk about George Bush, I mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down on his time.”
On attacking Ben Carson’s faith (October): “I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about, I just don’t know about.”

On comparing Ben Carson to a child molester (November): “It’s in the book that he’s got a pathological temper. That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that … as an example: child molesting. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it. Pathological, there’s no cure for that.”

On questioning voters in the first caucus state who were supporting Ben Carson in the polls (November): “How stupid are the people of Iowa?”

On falsely recalling “thousands” of people celebrating on 9-11 (November): “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down, and I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.”

On disruptive protestor at Birmingham, Ala. event (November): “Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing. I have a lot of fans, and they were not happy about it. And this was a very obnoxious guy who was a trouble-maker who was looking to make trouble.”

On not ruling out database of Muslims in America (November): “We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely. We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”

Donald Trump is a cancer on our democracy and the pervasiveness of this cancer must be cut out using the fervent tools of prayer, votes, and moral authority. The Black Church has to exercise its moral authority by speaking against this ugliness of the rhetoric expressed by Trump. We must be to not let him destroy this great America experiment for humanity. The Black Church prays for the responsiveness and attentiveness of congregants and to utilize the power of the vote to remove Donald Trump from those contenders vying for highest office in our great land. We can all disagree with everyone without undermining the humanity of anyone. Donald Trump does not meet the basic litmus test.



2 Comments

  1. Chicken Underwear on December 2, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    It is sad how easy it is to compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler

    http://whatyourdonotknowbecauseyouarenotme.blogspot.com/2015/12/f-you-donald-trump-f-you.html

  2. Pastor Burt on December 3, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Hello. I am a Pastor as well, although a white pastor. I can’t dribble or dunk a basketball nor am I known for my rhythm. However, I am not impressed with a number of Black pastors who complain that Trump doesn’t represent them, and that Black people who endorse Trump either don’t exist – when clearly they do – or are somehow out of their minds to be supporting him. In this country, anyone of any race has the right and the duty to support and vote for those whom he believes represents him and the best interest of the nation. Donald Trump for many is that person.

    Look, being against Trump based upon the issues is not really a wise position. Purists can argue that Trump is not a perfect conservative. Ok, he’s not. Perfect or righteous people – who by the way annoy me as hypocrites because the Bible states, “None are righteous. No not one.” – point out that he is not politically correct from the filth what comes out of his mouth. Ok, I agree.

    But unless you are totally dead from the neck up, what no one can deny is that Donald Trump is an American Nationalist. He has been criticizing and writing about the lack of security in this country, America’s lack of policed borders, the failure of the CIA and FBI to be working together for the common good, the dangers in allowing people into this country whose nationalities have a consistent history of being the mortal enemies of our society, for over 20 years. He wrote in his own published book years before 9/11 that Osama bin Laden by name and Al-Qaeda were a threat to America and had to be treated as enemies that had to be taken out. On matters of security and creating defend-able borders, Donald Trump’s words could well be judged prophetic. After Paris, who among you are not convinced as to both his honesty and service in bringing these extremely important issues forward to the forefront of this election? In doing this, Donald Trump has already served our nation well. During the last 20 years, Donald Trump has consistently criticized both Democrat and Republican administrations honestly for not adequately protecting our country. Good for him.

    I read hear in the comments, apparently a black person claiming that a Black American could not be Black it he voted Republican. Really???? Wow. Until 1955, 56% of the Black population were registered Republicans. Why? Do you recall that Lincoln, a Republican, freed the slaves, most of whom were Black. Many Black people have been Republicans and not just Dr. Ben Carson. It wasn’t till the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights driven by Democratic leadership that Democratic registration became in a sense a block rule for the nations Black minority. Realize this, when 17% or more of the Black population votes Republican, the Democrats loose the election. Donald Trump may want every Black vote, but he needs only a reasonable segment of the Black vote to win the election.

    Could or should portions of the Black community wisely view Donald Trump and the Republicans in there best interest to vote for. Assuredly so! Likely not all or even most, but the Black organizers came out of that meeting – like it or not – with Pledge Cards by the handful from Black pastors, men of God, endorsing Donald Trump’s candidacy.

    Why oh why would Black pastors do this? America borders are not protected. Consequently, the best estimates are that in 2014, 750,000 illegal aliens – criminals – got into this country. Last year and now, more than 50% of Black youth in Black communities are unemployed. Why? Because many times those illegal immigrants are underbidding our Black youth for entry level jobs and because sadly there are too many American business owners (many Republican) who would give away even entry level job to an illegal if it means saving a buck even at the expense of Black America. Black pastors, white pastor, everybody with even a little common sense knows Donald Trump is going build that wall, and that he will stop this invasion of illegal immigrants. Donald Trump and that wall means more Black young people will get more jobs, and fewer Black Americans will then be pulled into crime and waste their lives away in jail for lack of a job. Not producing jobs has been a tragedy for our Black communities and a disgrace for this nation. It’s ok then, for Black people to realize that Donald Trump just may well be the best thing going for Black America in this election. Honestly folks, who among you thinks Hillary Clinton is going to make the nations borders secure so the real Americans, Black Americans as well, can find jobs to honestly live. Black lives do matter.

    Even for Latinos, especially second generation American Latinos, those 750,000 illegal aliens are undercutting their legitimate right to acquire and maintain jobs. The American middle class has continued to shrink under Democratic leadership, because those Democratic policies undercut the American dream.

    What about the stench then of having to vote for someone like Donald Trump? Remember (1 Corinthians 1:27), “God uses the foul and foolish things of this world to confound the wise.” And here we have Donald Trump, truly part of the foul and foolish, who just may well be used by God – unbeknownst even by Donald Trump – to provide the needed leadership when the country requires it the most. (So is there then a possible reason why astonishingly Donald Trump is so high up in those polls? Do you believe the hand of God is so short that He cannot reach out to this nation and in fact save us all even with the foul Donald Trump, or is your faith so small that you believe He will simply abandon our nation?) And of course, all of you who are the “wise” (which fortunately I am not) simply cannot understand what actually may be occurring right before our very eyes. We all are of such little faith. Open then your eyes and see what your loving God may well be doing for you with this “foul” Donald Trump. God is not distant from us, and He finds ways to save even a blind and rebellious people like us whom He loves living most assuredly in these dangerous times, even when we don’t understand how or why. Donald Trump is highly underrated, but I suspect in the end he with the help of others both of the spiritual world and the physical world likely will surprise us all.

    Love, Pastor Burt.