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Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Regarding Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s call for ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States’

Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Regarding Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s call for ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States’

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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.