(Think Progress) -- Members of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Christian denomination are calling for national church leaders to reconsider his membership, saying they are “horrified” by his recent call to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
On Tuesday, leaders of Rutgers Presbyterian Church in New York City unanimously approved a resolution condemning Trump’s recent flurry of contentious comments, specifically his proposal to bar all Muslims from immigrating to the country. The church is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the same denomination of which Trump claims to be a member, and sits in the same regional cluster of churches (a “presbytery”) as Trump’s original home church in Queens.
“As a church, we remain neutral in terms of political candidates and campaigns, but we cannot be neutral with respect to fundamental human rights,” the resolution reads. “Inspired by Jesus Christ, who spoke for and defended the oppressed and marginalized…we cannot and will not stand by silently when religious and civil freedoms and human dignity of our neighbors are publicly questions and thus undermined and put in danger.”
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