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Letter: Religious leaders against Trump?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, June 2, 2016. Photo Credit: AP

The death of the Rev. Daniel Berrigan begs the question: Why has the religious community remained silent when faced with Donald Trump? [“The spirit of Daniel Berrigan,” Opinion, May 7.]

Berrigan and many other clergy were in the forefront of movements in favor of civil rights and opposed to war. Why do they not now oppose Trump, the living antithesis of Judeo-Christian values?

Think of those values: love of humanity, peace, charity, compassion, kindness, humility, truthfulness. Then think of Trump: He proposes killing the families of terrorists, he labels many Mexicans rapists, he boasts about making money without ethical constraints, and he’s the candidate of many white-supremacist hate groups.

Pope Francis blamed environmental degradation on “a boundless thirst for power and material prosperity” that causes untold suffering for the poor. Who personifies a thirst for power and material prosperity more than Trump? Yet the religious community is seemingly silent.

Jim Morgo

Bayport

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