Open Letter To Senator Clinton From Diverse Group of Prominent Religious Leaders
Dear Senator Clinton:
We write to you as people of faith from many backgrounds who love our great country and are concerned with the present tenor of your campaign.
Today, you took a new and disquieting step when you decided that it would be to your political benefit to wade into the waters of the issues surrounding Senator Barack Obama and his former pastor. This crosses the line and brings us full force into the zone of the politics of personal destruction.
There are those among us who support Rev. Wright and believe his comments were deeply misconstrued. There are others among us who reject his words outright, even in context.
But across these lines, we stand together, White and Black, Protestant and Catholic, Christian and Jew.
No candidate should use religion as a tool to divide the American people, as you have done today. By engaging in the politics of personal destruction your campaign runs the risk of turning people off from participating in the democratic process – and that hurts us all. We need this race to be about the values that are important to the American people.
We need to end the war and promote peace around the globe. America needs real leadership to address the housing crisis, a fighter who will help lift up our economy, and we need a leader in the White House who will tackle issues surrounding world wide climate change.
We urge you to join the debates over those issues instead of using valuable time making personal attacks that diminish both our democracy and our moral standing.
Dr. T. DeWitt Smith
Progressive National Baptist Convention*
Dr. Michael Battle
President Interdenominational Theological Seminary
Sr. Jamie T. Phelps, O.P., Ph.D.
New Orleans, LA
The Rt. Rev. Philip R. Cousin, Sr.
African Methodist Episcopal Church
Rev. Dr. Stephen John Thurston
National Baptist Convention of America
The Rev. Milton Cole
West Des Moines, IA
Rabbi Moshe Weisblum, Ph.D.
The Rev. Chuck Currie
Rabbi Abie Ingber
Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
*Note: Affiliations are listed for informational purposes only. Individuals signed this letter in their personal capacities, and not on behalf of their house of worship, denomination or organization.
*Note 2: While some signers are Obama supporters, this is an independent letter that was not authored, organized or driven by the Obama campaign.