Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL
Regarding Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s call for ‘total and
complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States’
Dec. 8, 2015
“As American Christians committed to being light in a world darkened
by sin, terrorism and fear, we must affirm our commitment to religious
liberty as the proverbial firewall against totalitarianism.
For that matter, while our government must protect our citizenry from
individuals committed to terror, death and destruction, we cannot and
must not embrace policies that incorporate a religious litmus test for
those legally responding to the compassionate invitation written on
the Statue of Liberty.
It behooves all of us to revisit those powerful words:
‘Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning
to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp
beside the golden door!’
For that matter, no presidential candidate, elected official or branch of
government carries the authority to extinguish the aforementioned
lamp. With a commitment to building a firewall against Islamic
extremism and protecting our most cherished of values, we must
make certain that the lamp will shine the light of freedom for
Christians, Jews, Muslims and all others yearning to breathe free.”
NHCLC/CONEL is the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization. It
serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic
Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000
congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For
additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.