Thursday, October 13, 2016

Christian Women Condemn Trump’s Abusive Remarks, Link to Diane Rehm Show on Sexual Assault

Bridget Mary's Response: I signed this statement and invite you to sign too. As Christian leaders and people of faith, we must do all we can to heal and transform sexual violence and misogyny. Each of us is the beloved face of God and we should treat each other with mutual respect and kindness.
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, www.arcwp.org

As Christian women we are appalled by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's recorded remarks that disparage women and condone sexual assault. Such language cannot be dismissed as “locker room talk.” Mr. Trump must offer public contrition that fully acknowledges the seriousness and depravity of his actions.
The sin of misogyny has caused many of us to experience sexual assault or sexually abusive language that threatened our safety, dignity and well-being. 
Christian leaders cannot condone such violent speech about women as a minor mistake or an innocent attempt to be “macho." These excuses teach our young people that such language is acceptable and do further harm to those who have been abused. 
We urge all religious leaders to preach, teach and help their communities heal from the twin sins of sexual violence and misogyny. While we are disheartened by Mr. Trump's toxic words, we believe this moment presents an opportunity to teach our daughters and sons that they are loved, and to teach all Americans how to speak out against sexually violent language.

Please consider signing-on and forwarding this to other women in ministry; it’s time that Mr. Trump hears from Christian women faith leaders from all walks of life. This letter is intended to be an open letter written by and in the voice of women faith leaders; we invite male faith leaders to consider sharing this letter with female colleagues in ministry. This statement will be released to media on Monday Oct 17th so the deadline for signatures is Sunday, 10/16 by 8pm. 

Please share widely with clergy + lay-leaders in your community. (*Organizational names are for identification purposes only.) 

Faithfully,

Rev. Jennifer Butler
CEO


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