On Wednesday, July 30, the Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of the Washington National Cathedral, and the Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas, Canon Theologian of Washington National Cathedral, published an open letter to President Trump and to the American people entitled “Have We No Decency? A Response to President Trump.”
The Maine Council of Churches, which has a longstanding commitment to promoting civility as a demonstration of our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every human being, commends our sisters and brother in Christ for their courageous and eloquent statement and we urge Maine’s people of faith and good conscience to read the letter in its entirety. We concur with the conclusions these faith leaders reach:
When does silence become complicity? What will it take for us all to say, with one voice, that we have had enough? The question is less about the president’s sense of decency, but of ours. As leaders of faith who believe in the sacredness of every single human being, the time for silence is over. We must boldly stand witness against the bigotry, hatred, intolerance, and xenophobia that is hurled at us, especially when it comes from the highest offices of this nation. We must say that this will not be tolerated. To stay silent in the face of such rhetoric is for us to tacitly condone the violence of these words.
Read the full letter here: