We, the undersigned individuals and communities of faith from across the St Louis region, strongly denounce the appointment of Stephen K. Bannon as Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President-elect. As the editor of the Breitbart website and as a strategist in the Trump campaign, Mr. Bannon promoted the advancement of misogyny, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism. These ideologies are antithetical to the values of pluralism, respect, and equality that our country strives to embrace. We call on President-elect Trump to appoint and nominate a leadership team that reflects his aspirations of being a president for all the American people. 

Moreover, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the rise in hate crimes and hate speech in our region and across the country. We are united in our work to combat bigotry in all its forms. We stand together for the rights of people of all faiths, ethnicities, cultures, languages, races, and political leanings. We will not tolerate the incitement of fear or violence against our neighbors.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of St Louis
The Metropolitan Clergy Coalition
The Islamic Foundation of Greater St Louis
The Ecumenical Leadership Council of St. Louis and its member churches
Boundless Buddha Zen Society
The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri
Rabbi Jim Bennett, President of the St Louis Rabbinical Association
 

 


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