Hundreds of Christian Women Write Open Letter Denouncing Donald Trump’s Remarks

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Trump listens as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Clinton speaks during their presidential town hall debate in St. Louis. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Trump listens as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Clinton speaks during their presidential town hall debate in St. Louis. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

More than 60 Baptist women in ministry joined hundreds of Christian women Oct. 13 in an open letter denouncing remarks by presidential candidate Donald Trump they believe disparage women and condone sexual assault.

The letter, spearheaded by Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life Action Fund, collected more than 700 signatures of women appalled by lewd comments by the Republican nominee caught over a live microphone in 2005 about kissing and groping women made public by the Washington Post Oct. 8.

“Women clergy and lay leaders are alarmed that Trump has dismissed his sexually abusive remarks as mere ‘locker room’ talk, and we are deeply troubled by the emerging evidence of him engaging in the behavior he described on his offensive tape,” said Butler, chair of the White House Council on Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Lead signers include Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Decatur, Ga.; author and blogger Rachel Held Evans; and Diana Butler Bass, a historian, author and leading voice in progressive Christianity.

Other signers include Paula Dempsey, director of partnership relations for the Alliance of Baptists; Pam Durso, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry in Atlanta; and Catherine Allen, a one-time Woman’s Missionary Union executive now retired and a member of Mountain Brook Baptist Church in suburban Birmingham, Ala.

Other names on the letter include Rachel Gunter Shapard, associate coordinator at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida; Alliance of Baptists communications specialist Leah Grundset Davis; CBF staff members Devita Parnell and Ruth Perkins Lee; and dozens of Baptist women serving as ministers in various capacities at local congregations.

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SOURCE: Baptist News Global
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