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Rev. Dr. Nancy Petty and Local Clergy Urge Congressman Holding to Reunite Families

REV. DR. NANCY E. PETTY HAND DELIVERS LETTER FROM CONCERNED CLERGY TO CONGRESSMAN GEORGE HOLDING PROTESTING FAMILY SEPARATION POLICY

 

Raleigh, NC – Today, Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Petty, Pastor of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, personally delivered a letter from a diverse group of Triangle faith leaders to Congressman George Holding’s office strongly objecting to the Trump administration policy of separating children and families at the southern border.

The letter declares, “Our collective conscience demands that we speak out against injustice.”

Petty was joined in signing the letter by the following clergy:

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward
NC Conference, United Methodist Church

Rabbi Ariel Edery
Beth Shalom

Rabbi Eric Solomon
Beth Meyer Synagogue

Jennifer Schultz-Thomas
Community United Church of Christ

Jennifer Copeland
NC Council of Churches

Rabbi Raachel Jurovics
Yavneh

Reverend Dr. Christie Mabry

Rev. Mike Eddinger, Retired
Westwood Baptist Church

With the tacit approval of the GOP Congress, including Congressman Holding, the Trump Administration directed the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to implement his self-imposed and inhumane policy to separate and warehouse children as young as 5 months old.  Many believe the Executive Order issued by the President reversing the policy is meaningless.

“Our holy books teach us that the principle of justice is universal. There must be one standard of justice for both citizens and immigrants alike,” the letter stated.

Here is the full text of the letter:

Dear Congressman Holding,

As faith leaders representing many different traditions, we write to ask you to join us to protest the Trump Administration’s self-imposed and inhumane policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the southern border. Our collective conscience demands that we speak out against injustice. 

Our holy books teach us that the principle of justice is universal. There must be one standard of justice for both citizens and immigrants alike. 

“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:33-34)

The Qur’an and the sayings of the Prophet contain many examples of peaceful societies made of immigrants as well as regular citizens. The Prophet says, “You cannot be a real believer unless you want for your brother what you want for yourself.” (Reported from the Hadith of Anas ibn Malik)

Jesus taught, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” (Luke 9:48)

It is time for Congress to act. It is time to treat these families with the dignity and kindness outlined in religious traditions. Please stand with us to correct this injustice. Stop separating children from their parents, now!