A letter is being circulated among Catholic and Evangelical Christian leaders demanding Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton immediately apologize for high-level campaign staffers’ anti-Christian bigotry as revealed by a WikiLeaks email Tuesday.
“As Christian leaders, Catholic and Evangelical, we collectively express our outrage at the demeaning and troubling rhetoric used by those within Clinton campaign – and those associated with the campaign – to describe our communities,” the letter reads in an advanced copy obtained by The Christian Post.
The statement points to fresh emails released by WikiLeaks this week in which Clinton’s campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri and Center for American Progress fellow John Halpin mocked conservative Catholicism as an “amazing bastardization of the faith.” News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch and Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson are also mocked for being Catholic.
“Ken Auletta’s latest piece on Murdoch in the New Yorker starts off with the aside that both Murdoch and Robert Thompson, managing editor of the WSJ, are raising their kids Catholic. Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus,” Halpin wrote in a 2011 missive to Podesta and Palmieri.
In response to the leaked email, the statement declared: “Recently released emails clearly ridicule, demean and smear Roman Catholics and Evangelicals. It is especially alarming that the Chairman of the Clinton Campaign, John Podesta, was copied on these emails between Jennifer Palmieri, now director of communications for the Clinton campaign, and a fellow at Podesta’s Center for American Progress. Podesta’s refusal to raise any objection makes him equally party to this bigotry. It is inexcusable. It is shameful. It is un-American.”
The statement further noted that despite the significant theological differences between Catholics and Evangelicals they are united in their outrage at the Clinton campaign and called for the Democratic nominee to “immediately apologize.”
“Historically, Evangelicals and Catholics have had significant theological differences, dating back to the Protestant Reformation. In spite of those differences there has been a mutual respect for one another and an ability to work together on important issues of mutual concern,” the statement said.
“The WikiLeaks emails reveal a contempt for all conservative Christians, and we are – Catholic and Evangelical – united in our outrage and united in our call for Mrs. Clinton to immediately apologize for the Christophobic behavior of her associates,” it ended.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post