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Clergy Leaders Want to Meet With Trump to Press 'Moral Agenda'

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Rev. William J. Barber II (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 30 Dec 2016 03:28 PM

A group of clergy leaders are trying to obtain a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump to push him towards progressive social policies, saying they will continue to pressure him if he doesn't.

The group, led by Rev. William J. Barber II, sent an open letter to Trump signed by over 200 clergy members. Barber, the head of the North Carolina NAACP, is particularly concerned by Trump's commitment to minorities and the poor, because of his stated positions and his choice of advisers and Cabinet members. The letter asks to meet with Trump "in a house of worship" before his inauguration.

"We are deeply concerned by the policy vision that your Cabinet selections suggest," reads the letter. "After inviting Steve Bannon's white nationalism into the Oval Office, you nominated Jeff Sessions to head the Justice Department — a man who did not receive Senate approval for a federal judgeship in 1986 because of his long history of racial discrimination in Alabama. If he maintains his past positions on civil rights and voting rights, he could overturn and undermine years of victories and protections secured and signed in the blood of the martyrs. Equally insulting to African Americans is your nomination of Ben Carson, a black man with no experience in government or housing, to head HUD."

The letter calls for Trump to "uphold the most sacred moral principles of our faith and constitutional values." Including voting rights, universal healthcare, criminal justice reform, and fighting against poverty and racism.

Barber told The Washington Post that "the role of clergy is not to make candidates comfortable, but to challenge their conscience and to challenge them with the politics of God and not the politics of any particular party."

"We challenge persons not because of their party but because of their policies," he added. "Those who are fighting to deny people healthcare and living wages, pass policies that hurt the poor and deny voting rights, deny immigrants their rights, refuse to fix our criminal justice system and who hurt public education, they are engaged in an immoral agenda."

He also said that the group would not stop speaking out.

"In the coming days we will not stand down. We will stand up for these principles of justice and righteousness," he said.

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