24 faith leaders sign National Council of Churches letter condemning Capitol riot, President Trump

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Twenty-four faith leaders in the U.S. have signed a letter from the National Council of Churches condemning the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol and calling on elected leaders to hold President Donald Trump accountable for any role he may have had in inciting the riot.

The statement, titled “OPEN LETTER TO VICE PRESIDENT PENCE, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, AND THE CABINET CALLING FOR THE REMOVAL OF PRESIDENT TRUMP FROM OFFICE,” reads:

Our faith instructs us to take seriously positions of leadership, not to lead others astray and to be careful about what we say and do. In Philippians 2:3-4 we are taught to, ‘Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.

President Donald J. Trump’s actions and words have endangered the security of the country and its institutions of government by inciting a violent, deadly, seditious mob attack at the U.S. Capitol. His words and actions have placed the lives of the people he is supposed to serve in grave danger to advance his own interests. Further, he not only failed to stop or condemn the attack after the Capitol had been stormed but instead encouraged the mob by calling them patriots. This domestic terrorist attack resulted in at least five deaths, including a Capitol Police Officer, and more than a dozen police officers injured. The desecration of the Capitol building was also disgraceful and reprehensible. 

For the good of the nation, so that we might end the current horror and prepare the way for binding up the nation’s wounds, we, as leaders of the member communions of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC), believe the time has come for the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, to resign his position immediately. If he is unwilling to resign, we urge you to exercise the options provided by our democratic system.

In addition, we recognize the need to hold responsible not only those who invaded the Capitol, but also those who supported and/or promoted the President’s false claims about the election, or made their own false accusations. 

We grieve for our country at this difficult time and continue to pray for the safety and security, and ultimately the healing of our nation. Holding those who have abused their power and participated in these immoral and tragic actions accountable, in particular the President of the United States, is one step toward healing.

The NCC posted the statement on Friday, two days after protests outside the Capitol turned into a deadly riot that has led to the deaths of five people so far.

The insurrection at the Capitol occurred when thousands of people presenting themselves as supporters of the president broke into and vandalized the Capitol as lawmakers inside the building were debating certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Mere hours after being evacuated from the Senate chamber, lawmakers reconvened and certified Biden’s victory.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to impeach Trump again, this time for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” specifically for what many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say is Trump’s role in inciting the insurrection against the government.

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