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Reform Movement Leader Responds to Trump Comment at Iowa Rally

Reform Movement Leader Responds to Trump Comment at Iowa Rally

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Press Release from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

WASHINGTON — Last night, at a campaign rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, presidential candidate Donald Trump said to the crowd, “Raise your hand if you’re not a Christian conservative. I want to see this, right. Oh, there's a couple people, that's all right. I think we’ll keep them. Should we keep them in the room? Yes? I think so.” (The Washington Post, CNN, The Hill) In response, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner made the following statement:

Singling out people in a crowd at a political rally, based on their faith or lack of faith, even as a joke, is unacceptable. This should go without saying in the United States in 2016, but it evidently does not. A candidate who has called for banning refugees based on their religious beliefs and increasing surveillance at houses of worship has established a pattern of intolerance and scapegoating. America was founded on the ideal of religious freedom. Religious pluralism and diversity are sources of national pride. In the final weeks left of this election season, all candidates must remember that as they continue to campaign for our votes.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose nearly 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 2,000 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more

Published: 09/29/2016

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