How Can I Contact The Electoral College Members In My State? The Electors’ Vote Is Coming Up


from: https://www.bustle.com/articles/195303-how-can-i-contact-the-electoral-college-members-in-my-state-the-electors-vote-is-coming

If you’re one of the 4.3 million people who have so far signed the Change.org petition asking this election’s Electoral College to vote for Hillary Clinton on Dec. 19, you might be wondering how to proceed on to the next step: actually contacting your state’s electors. Unfortunately, there’s no official procedure to follow, but on the upside, since most electors are public officials, it’s not difficult to find a method of getting in touch.

Finding the list of your state’s electors can sometimes be difficult. Some states, such as Alabama, Montana, Wisconsin, and Arizona, make the information available to the public, while other states make the information harder to track down. Fortunately for those hoping to change a few minds in Clinton’s favor, POLITICO published a nearly complete list of those in this year’s Electoral College.

As previously mentioned, most of the people chosen to finalize the results of this presidential race in a few weeks are public figures known for being active within the political party they were nominated by. A simple Google search of most of the names listed will lead to the official websites of foundations, local government offices, partisan organizations, etc. The majority of these electors provide emails, phone numbers, or mailing addresses for members of the public to get in contact; on occasion, there will be no direct line of communication and the closest option will be to leave a message for the office in which they happen to work and hope for a response.

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While the effort to stop Trump’s presidency through an Electoral College upset is unlikely, some members on the inside have spoken up to help. Three Democratic electors — P. Bret Chiafalo, Micheal Baca, and Robert Satiacum — are trying to convince 37 of their Republican colleagues not to vote for Trump in December. The trio doesn’t support Clinton either, however, which wouldn’t benefit her if these electors end up persuading their peers to go with a write-in candidate.

This final attempt to save Clinton’s chances of reaching the Oval Office hasn’t been entirely diplomatic. Idaho’s four electors — Layne Bangerter, Jennifer Locke, Caleb Lakey, and former State Sen. Melinda Smyser — have reported an onslaught of harassment from discontent voters asking them to ditch Trump.

“A lot of ’em use bad, rough language,” Bangerter told The Spokesman Review. “Nothing I feel intimidated over. But we’re watching it very closely. They’ve got our home phone numbers, our cell numbers, our emails, our Facebook. We’re just getting an orchestrated barrage from the left. Caleb told me he had over 200 and something when he checked this morning.”

Needless to say, the approach Bangerter describes is probably not the most effective way to convince these electors to change their minds.

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  1. eslkevin says:

    On Dec. 19, the 538 members of the Electoral College (or their alternates) will meet in their state capitals to ratify the results of the presidential election.

    Here are the people who will cast the formal votes for president in each state. POLITICO examined several dozen electors last month, many of whom are on this final roster:

    ALABAMA (GOP)
    1. Frank Burt, Jr.
    2. Will Sellers
    3. Jim Wilson
    4. Tim Wadsworth
    5. Elbert Peters
    6. Mary Sue McClurkin
    7. Bob Cusanelli
    8. Perry Hooper Jr.
    9. Grady Thornton

    ALASKA (GOP)
    10. Sean Parnell
    11. Jacqueline Tupou
    12. Carolyn Leman

    ARIZONA (GOP)
    13. Bruce Ash
    14. Walter Begay
    15. Sharon Giese
    16. Robert Graham
    17. Alberto Gutier
    18. Jerry Hayden
    19. Carole Joyce
    20. Jane Lynch
    21. Foster Morgan
    22. James O’Connor
    23. Edward Robson

    ARKANSAS (GOP)
    24. Jonelle Fulmer
    25. Jonathan Barnett
    26. Keith Gibson
    27. Sharon Wright
    28. Tommy Land
    29. John Nabholz

    CALIFORNIA (DEM)
    30. Dustin Reed
    31. John Ryan
    32. Faith Garamendi
    33. Kathleen Scott
    34. Timothy Farley
    35. Analea Patterson
    36. Janine Bera
    37. Denise Wells
    38. Mark Headley
    39. Susan Eggman
    40. James Donahue
    41. Christine Pelosi
    42. Saundra Andrews
    43. Mark Olbert
    44. Donna Ireland
    45. Steven Diebert
    46. Steve Spinner
    47. Celine Purcell
    48. Javier Gonzalez
    49. Vinzenz Koller
    50. Ana Huerta
    51. Stephen Natoli
    52. Andres Ramos
    53. Gail Teton-Landis
    54. Natalie Fortman
    55. Shawn Terris
    56. David Warmuth
    57. Laurence Zakson
    58. Nury Martinez
    59. Sheldon Malchicoff
    60. Cathy Morris
    61. Benjamin Cardenas
    62. Edward Buck
    63. Olivia Reyes-Becerra
    64. Robert Torres
    65. Priscilla Richardson
    66. Gwen Moore
    67. Jacki Cisneros
    68. John MacMurray
    69. Marie Torres
    70. Jane Block
    71. Andrew Krakoff
    72. Karen Waters
    73. Dorothy Vann
    74. Sandra Aduna
    75. Gregory Willenborg
    76. Carmen Perez
    77. Raymond Cordova
    78. Francine Busby
    79. Patrick Drinan
    80. Christine Kehoe
    81. Katherine Lyon
    82. Shirley Weber
    83. Eileen Feinstein Mariano
    84. Laphonza Butler

    COLORADO (DEM)
    85. Terry Phillips
    86. Mary Beth Corsentino
    87. Jerad Sutton
    88. Robert Nemanich
    89. Amy Drayer
    90. Ann Knollman
    91. Sen. Rollie Heath
    92. Hon. Polly Baca
    93. Micheal Baca

    CONNECTICUT (DEM)
    94. Barbara Gordon
    95. Ellen Nurse
    96. Edward Piazza
    97. Tyisha Walker
    98. Christopher Rosario
    99. Robert Godfrey
    100. Steven Jones

    DELAWARE (DEM)
    101. Lynn Fuller
    102. Lydia York
    103. Linda Cavanaugh

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (DEM)
    104. Anita Bonds
    105. Jack Evans
    106. Franklin Garcia

    FLORIDA (GOP)
    107. Ade Aderibigbe
    108. Larry Ahern
    109. Brian Ballard
    110. Kristy Banks
    111. Michael Barnett
    112. LizBeth Benacquisto
    113. Robin Bernstein
    114. Pam Bondi
    115. John Browning
    116. Sharon Day
    117. Dena DeCamp
    118. Nick D
    119. Jeremy Evans
    120. John Falconetti
    121. Peter Feaman
    122. Kat Gates-Skipper
    123. Joe Gruters
    124. Debbie Hannifan
    125. Blaise Ingoglia
    126. Tony Ledbetter
    127. Mike Moberley
    128. Susan Moore
    129. Joe Negron
    130. Clint Pate
    131. Ray Rodrigues
    132. Carlos Trujillo
    133. Robert Watkins
    134. Susie Wiles
    135. Christian Ziegler

    GEORGIA
    136. Bruce Allen Azevedo
    137. Brian K Burdette
    138. Lott Harris Dill
    139. John David Elliott
    140. James Randolph Evans
    141. Bobbie D. Frantz
    142. Linda D. Herren
    143. Rachel Blackstone Little
    144. Deborah M. McCord
    145. Michael Neil McNeely
    146. Mary L. Padgett
    147. Neil L. Pruitt
    148. Joshua Kirk Shook
    149. Frank B. Strickland
    150. Baoky Nguyen Vu (resigned, will be replaced by alternate)
    151. John B. White

    HAWAII (DEM)
    152. John Bickel
    153. Janice Bond
    154. Marie (Dolly) Strazar
    155. David Mulinix

    IDAHO (GOP)
    156. Jennifer Locke
    157. Melinda Smyser
    158. Layne Bangerter
    159. Caleb Lakey

    ILLINOIS (DEM)*
    160. Toni Preckwinkle
    161. Carrie Austin
    162. Silvana Tabares
    163. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia
    164. Pam Cullerton
    165. Nancy Shepardson
    166. Vera Davis
    167. William Marovitz
    168. Barbara Flynn Currie
    169. John R. Daley
    170. Michelle Mussman
    171. Lauren Beth Gash
    172. Kevin Duffy Blackburn
    173. Jerry Costello
    174. Carol Ammons
    175. Mark Guethle
    176. Flint Taylor
    177. John Nelson
    178. Don Johnston
    179. *

    *POLITICO was only able to identify 19 of the 20 Democratic electors in Illinois. Party officials did not respond to requests for comment. We will update with the final name as soon as possible.

    INDIANA (GOP)
    180. Stephanie Beckley
    181. Kevin Steen
    182. Kelly Mitchell
    183. Daniel Bortner
    184. Laura Campbell
    185. Jeff Cardwell
    186. Donald Hayes
    187. Randall Kirkpatrick
    188. Edwin Simcox
    189. Ethan Manning
    190. Chuck Williams

    IOWA (GOP)
    191. James Whitmer
    192. Don Kass
    193. Dylan Keller
    194. Alan Braun
    195. Kurt Brown
    196. Polly Granzow

    KANSAS (GOP)
    197. Ashley J. McMillan
    198. Helen Van Etten
    199. Mark Kahrs
    200. Ron Estes
    201. Clayton L. Barker
    202. Kelly Arnold

    KENTUCKY (GOP)
    203. Jim Skaggs
    204. David Disponett
    205. Robert Duncan
    206. Michael Carter
    207. Scott Lasley
    208. Walter Reichert
    209. Mary Singleton
    210. Troy Sheldon

    LOUISIANA (GOP)
    211. Chris D. Trahan
    212. Lloyd A. Harsch
    213. Charles L “Charlie” Buckels
    214. Louis R. Avallone
    215. Kay Kellogg Katz
    216. Lennie H. Rhys
    217. Garrett C. Monti
    218. Steven “Scott “ Wilfong

    MAINE (3 D, 1 R)
    219. Diane Denk
    220. David Bright
    221. Sam Shapiro
    222. Richard Bennett (R)

    MARYLAND (DEM)
    223. Lesley Israel
    224. Robert Leonard
    225. Lillian Holmes
    226. Salome Peters
    227. Hagner Mister
    228. Claudia Martin
    229. Courtney Watson
    230. Karen Britto
    231. Susan Ness
    232. Wayne Rogers

    MASSACHUSETTS (DEM)
    233. Nazda Alam
    234. Mary Gail Cokkinias
    235. Marie Turley
    236. Dori Dean
    237. Donna Smith
    238. Cheryl Cumings
    239. Marc Pacheco
    240. Curtis Lemay
    241. Jason Palitsch
    242. Paul Yorkis
    243. Parwez Wahid

    MICHIGAN (GOP)*
    244. John Haggard
    245. Jack Holmes
    246. Kelly Mitchell
    247. Judy Rapanos
    248. Henry Hatter
    249. Robert Weitt
    250. Wyckham Seelig
    251. Ross Ensign
    252. Michael Banerian
    253. Brian Fairbrother
    254. Ken Crider
    255. Mary Vaughn
    256. Jim Rhoades
    257. William Rauwerdink
    258. Hank Fuhs
    259. Joseph Guzman

    *Trump led Michigan by 12,000 votes as of Friday morning, though the state hasn’t officially been called.

    MINNESOTA (Dem)
    260. Fred Knudson
    261. Roger Gehrke
    262. Marge Hoffa
    263. Raymond Hess
    264. Muhammed Abdurrahman
    265. Betsy O’Berry
    266. Mike Wammer
    267. Mary Murphy
    268. Jules Goldstein
    269. Sherrie Pugh

    MISSISSIPPI (GOP)
    270. Ann Hebert
    271. Joe F. Sanderson Jr.
    272. Bradley R. White
    273. J. Kelley Williams
    274. William G. Yates Jr.
    275. Wirt A. Yerger, Jr.

    MISSOURI (GOP)
    276. Tim Dreste
    277. Janice DeWeese
    278. Hector Maldonado
    279. Sherry Kuttenkuler
    280. Casey Crawford
    281. Tom Brown
    282. Cherry Warren
    283. Scott Clark
    284. Al Rotskoff
    285. Susie Johnson

    MONTANA (GOP)
    286. Thelma Baker
    287. Nancy Ballance
    288. Dennis Scranton

    NEBRASKA (GOP)
    289. Phil Berlin
    290. John Dinkel
    291. Chuck Conrad
    292. Craig Safranek
    293. Paul Burger

    NEVADA (Dem)
    294. Dayananda Prabhu Rachakonda
    295. Larry Jackson
    296. Joetta Brown
    297. Paul Catha II
    298. Greg Gardella
    299. Teresa Benitez-Thompson

    NEW HAMPSHIRE (Dem)*
    300. Bev Hollingworth
    301. Terie Norelli
    302. Carol Shea Porter
    303. Dudley Dudley

    *Clinton led New Hampshire by 2,500 votes as of Friday morning, though the state hasn’t officially been called.

    NEW JERSEY (Dem)
    304. Alaa R Abdelaziz
    305. Tahsina Ahmed
    306. Anthony Cureton
    307. Lizette Delgado-Polanco
    308. Edward Farmer
    309. Christopher D. James
    310. Leroy J Jones Jr
    311. Retha R Onitiri
    312. Marlene Prieto
    313. Ronald G Rios
    314. Hetty M Rosenstein
    315. Kelly Stewart Maer
    316. Mary Ann Wardlow
    317. Heriberta Loretta Winters

    NEW MEXICO (DEM)
    318. Lorraine Spradling
    319. Edward Torres
    320. Noyola Archibeque
    321. John Padilla
    322. Roxanne Allen

    NEW YORK (DEM)
    323. William J. Clinton
    324. Andrew M. Cuomo
    325. Kathy C. Hochul
    326. Thomas P. DiNapoli
    327. Eric T. Schneiderman
    328. Carl E. Heastie
    329. Andrea Stewart-Cousins
    330. Bill de Blasio
    331. Letitia A. James
    332. Scott M. Stringer
    333. Melissa Mark-Viverito
    334. Byron W. Brown
    335. Christine C. Quinn
    336. Basil A. Smikle, Jr.
    337. Melissa Sklarz
    338. Mario F. Cilento
    339. Rhonda Weingarten
    340. George K. Gresham
    341. Daniel F. Donohue
    342. Stuart H. Appelbaum
    343. Gary S. LaBarbera
    344. Lovely A. Warren
    345. Stephanie A. Miner
    346. Katherine M. Sheehan
    347. Anastasia M. Somoza
    348. Sandra Ung
    349. Ruben Diaz, Jr.
    350. Hazel L. Ingram
    351. Rachel D. Gold

    NORTH CAROLINA (GOP)
    352. Linda Harper
    353. Charles Staley
    354. Karen Kozel
    355. Martha Jenkins
    356. Celeste Stanley
    357. Donald Webb
    358. Robert Muller
    359. Jennifer Dunbar
    360. Andrea Arterburn
    361. Glenn Pinckney Sr.
    362. Mark Delk
    363. David Speight
    364. Ann Sullivan
    365. Lee Green
    366. David Smuski

    NORTH DAKOTA (GOP)
    367. Duane Mutch
    368. John Olson
    369. Ronald Carlisle

    OHIO (GOP)
    370. Alex Triantafilou
    371. Mary Anne Christie
    372. Cory Schottenstein
    373. Jim Dicke II
    374. Cheryl Blakely
    375. Marilyn Ashcraft
    376. Christina Hagan
    377. Richard Jones
    378. Tom Coyne
    379. Judy Westbrock
    380. Ralph King
    381. Leonard Hubert
    382. Tracey Winbush
    383. James Wert
    384. Brian Schottenstein
    385. Curt Braden
    386. LeeAnn Johnson
    387. Ed Crawford

    OKLAHOMA (GOP)
    388. David Oldham
    389. Teresa Turner
    390. Mark Thomas
    391. Bobby Cleveland
    392. Laurie Beth
    393. Charlie Potts
    394. George Wiland

    OREGON (DEM)
    395. Frank James Dixon
    396. Karen A. Packer
    397. Austin Folnagy
    398. Leon H. Coleman
    399. Harry W. “Sam” Sappington III
    400. Timothy Norman Powers Rowan
    401. Laura Gillpatrick

    PENNSYLVANIA (GOP)
    402. Robert Asher
    403. Mary Barket
    404. Robert Bozzuto
    405. Theodore Christian
    406. Michael Downing
    407. Margaret Ferraro
    408. Robert Gleason
    409. Christopher Gleason
    410. Joyce Haas
    411. Ash Khare
    412. James McErlane
    413. Elstina Pickett
    414. Patricia Poprik
    415. Andrew Reilly
    416. Carol Sides
    417. Glora “Lee” Snover
    418. Richard Stewart
    419. Lawrence Tabas
    420. Christine Toretti
    421. Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh

    RHODE ISLAND (DEM)

    422. Clay Pell
    423. Grace Diaz
    424. L. Susan Weiner
    425. Frank J. Montanaro

    SOUTH CAROLINA (GOP)
    426. Glenn McCall
    427. Matt Moore
    428. Terry Hardesty
    429. Jim Ulmer
    430. Brenda Bedenbaugh
    431. Bill Conley
    432. Shery Smith
    433. Moye Graham
    434. Jerry Rovner

    SOUTH DAKOTA (GOP)
    435. Dennis Daugaard
    436. Matt Michels
    437. Marty Jackley

    TENNESSEE (GOP)
    438. Joey Jacobs
    439. Beth Scott Clayton Amos
    440. Jason Mumpower
    441. Susan Mills
    442. Liz Holiway
    443. Lynne Davis
    444. Tom Lawless
    445. Mike Callahan
    446. Pat Allen
    447. Shannon Hanes
    448. Drew Daniel

    TEXAS (GOP)
    449. Marty Rhymes
    450. Thomas Moon
    451. Carol Sewell
    452. John Harper
    453. Sherrill Lenz
    454. Nicholas Ciggelakis
    455. William Hickman
    456. Landon Estay
    457. Rex Lamb
    458. Rosemary Edwards
    459. Matt Stringer
    460. Shellie Surles
    461. Melissa Juett Kalka
    462. Kenneth Clark
    463. Sandara Cararas
    464. David Thackston
    465. Robert Bruce
    466. Marjorie Forster
    467. Scott Mann
    468. Marian Stanko
    469. Curtis Nelson
    470. Tina Gibson
    471. Kendell Muenzler
    472. Alexander Kim
    473. Virginia Able
    474. John Dillard
    475. Thomas Knight
    476. Marian Knowlton
    477. Rex Teter
    478. Stephen (Chris) Suprun Jr.
    479. Jon Jewett
    480. Susan Fischer
    481. Loren Byers
    482. William Lawrence Greene
    483. Mary Lou Erben
    484. Art Sisneros
    485. Candace Noble
    486. Fred Farias

    UTAH (GOP)
    487. Peter Greathouse
    488. Jeremy Jenkins
    489. Kris Kimball
    490. Cherilyn Eagar
    491. Chia-Chi Teng
    492. Richard Snelgrove

    VERMONT (DEM)
    493. Peter Shumlin
    494. Martha Allen
    495. Tim Jerman

    VIRGINIA (DEM)
    496. James O’Connor
    497. Vivian Paige
    498. Delegate Lashrecse Aird
    499. Bethany Johnston Rowland
    500. Jasper Hendricks
    501. Deb Fitzgerald
    502. Harold Boyd
    503. Ginny Peter
    504. Jeanette Sarver
    505. Kathy Stewart Shupe
    506. Keith Scarborough
    507. Susan Rowland
    508. Terry Frye

    WASHINGTON (DEM)
    509. Varisha Khan
    510. Bret Chiafolo
    511. Ryleigh Ivey
    512. Levi Guerra
    513. Phillip Tyler
    514. Julie Johnson
    515. Chris Porter
    516. Dan Carpita
    517. Esther John
    518. Eric Herde
    519. Robert Satiacum
    520. Elizabeth Caldwell

    WEST VIRGINIA (GOP)
    521. Ron Foster
    522. Patrick Morrisey
    523. Ann Urling
    524. Mac Warner
    525. Bill Cole

    WISCONSIN (GOP)
    526. Steve King
    527. Mary Buestrin
    528. Kim Travis
    529. Kim Babler
    530. Brian Westrate
    531. Brad Courtney
    532. Kathy Kiernan
    533. Dan Feyen
    534. Jim Miller
    535. Bill Berglund

    WYOMING (GOP)
    536. Karl Allred
    537. Bonnie Foster
    538. Teresa Richards

  2. aaron@willamette.net says:

    I would like to send letters to the electors of all states. It is taking a lot of time to find their addresses. Have you compiled a list of the electors addresses at this time?

    Thank you,
    Aaron

  3. eslkevin says:

    Called to Resist Bigotry —
    A Statement of Faithful Obedience
    During elections, religious leaders have an obligation to lift up the moral values of their faith traditions that offer instruction and guidance on issues of public consequence. When entering into the public sphere, faith leaders must take care to avoid being used by politics or politicians, or to allow their faith to be exploited for partisan causes or their faith communities turned into mere political constituencies.

    As Martin Luther King Jr. put it, “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool.”

    The right questions, for Christians, include: What does the Bible say? What does Jesus teach? How can those convictions best be applied to the complex and imperfect choices of political elections? Various Christians will reach different conclusions on these questions – and vote differently – and those differences must be respected in a democratic and civil society.

    At significant times in history, however, Christians from across the political spectrum come together around political realities that threaten the fundamental integrity of Christian faith and the well-being of society itself. Sometimes what is called politics raises moral crises, in which our faith is literally at stake in the way we respond.

    We the undersigned believe this is one of those times, and that the churches in this country, and our country itself, face such a moral threat today. We are seeing the very worst values of our nation and its history on display with a vulgar message and style. A direct appeal to the racial, religious, and gender bigotry that is always under the surface of American politics is now being brought to painful public light.

    The ascendancy of a demagogic candidate and his message, with the angry constituency he is fueling, is a threat to both the values of our faith and the health of our democracy. Donald Trump directly promotes racial and religious bigotry, disrespects the dignity of women, harms civil public discourse, offends moral decency, and seeks to manipulate religion. This is no longer politics as usual, but rather a moral and theological crisis, and thus we are compelled to speak out as faith leaders. This statement is absolutely no tacit endorsement of other candidates, many of whom use the same racial politics often in more subtle ways. But while Donald Trump certainly did not start these long-standing American racial sins, he is bringing our nation’s worst instincts to the political surface, making overt what is often covert, explicit what is often implicit.

    Trump’s highly visible and vulgar racial and religious demagoguery presents a danger but also an opportunity—to publicly expose and resist the worst of American values. By confronting a message so contrary to our Christian values, our religious voices can help provide a powerful way to put our true faith and our better American values forward in the midst of national moral confusion and crisis.

    There is understandable anger across the country. The failures of both Washington and Wall Street have created legitimate citizen anger and alienation across the political spectrum, and many of us are empathetic to the many people who feel marginalized and unheard by economic, political, and media elites that don’t serve their needs. Faith leaders and our communities need to reach out to all of those in marginalized communities — even across racial and ideological lines–to listen, learn, and serve.

    But Donald Trump, a celebrity from the worlds of real estate and reality television, is manipulating this anger for his own political advantage – at the expense of the common good. Trump is shamelessly using racial resentment, fear, and hatred – always dangerously present in our society – to fuel a movement against “the other,” targeting other races, women, cultures, ethnicities, nations, creeds, and a whole global religion.

    That stands in stark and chilling opposition to the reconciling love of God confessed by those who claim Jesus as Lord. So we, as faith leaders, hereby confess our resistance against the message and actions of Donald Trump. Donald Trump’s message and the way he communicates it is the antithesis of Christian values, and it is time for faith leaders to say so. The media concerns itself with its own ratings and the political polling on the messages of Donald Trump; but faith leaders should focus on the morality of his message.

    The demographics of the United States are changing. Soon, this country will no longer be a white-majority nation but a majority of minorities. We believe, as faith leaders, that our emerging cultural diversity is a blessing and not a threat. But Donald Trump has pitted himself and his followers against the more diverse America that we are becoming. He defends the status quo of white majority power and privilege. To that, Trump adds the use and abuse of women, and the defense of old patriarchies. As Christian leaders, we reject those ugly racial and sexist attacks on our brothers and sisters.

    The growing racial and cultural diversity of our churches and society should be welcomed by those who believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, and embraced by those who call themselves the body of Christ. Instead, Donald Trump is condoning the politics of race and hate, and now even justifying political violence. His divisive rhetoric, laced with racist, bigoted, and hateful attitudes and wrapped in nationalistic xenophobia, is being enthusiastically embraced by millions – including many self-identified Christians, who are allowing their racial identity to trump their faith. This stands against the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Painfully, the politics of race and violence have been used repeatedly against people of color in our history – indeed, since our nation’s founding. But instead of repenting from America’s original sin of racism, Donald Trump is exploiting the legitimate economic grievances of marginalized white Americans with false and ugly racial blame.

    Trump’s personal attacks on America’s first black president as illegitimate and not one of “us,” his false accusations against African Americans, his vicious attacks against Mexicans and inflaming the fear of immigrants more broadly, his claim that most Muslims hate America and his call to “ban” them from our country, his advocacy of torture and the killing of terrorist’s families and children – are all of deep concern to many of us as religious leaders. To all that falsehood, hatred, and violence we must say no, in defense of all of God’s diverse children.

    Reports of the bullying of Hispanic and Muslim children on school playgrounds indicate the danger in the culture to such messaging. Therefore, it is time for both Republicans and Democrats of moral conscience to speak out against this message. The rise of open bigotry and effective demagoguery requires more than a political response – rather, it demands a moral, and even religious, declaration of opposition and theological resistance.

    Many within the Republican Party have strategically used racial politics for decades, and that flame now burns out of control. They have harvested the votes of many white working class voters, but then failed to represent and address their needs. Indeed the use by these Republican leaders of racial resentment and political extremism has provided a fertile ground for the rise of a leader like Donald Trump. Thankfully, some Republican leaders have condemned and disassociated themselves from many of Trump’s most pernicious statements and positions, but many voices for a more
    inclusive Republican Party have been swept aside. Both our political parties have exploited racial minorities and not kept promises they have made. This racial demagoguery negatively shapes the policies of other political candidates and alarmingly reveals the continued structural racial disparities in our national political life across party lines.

    The promotion of racial and religious fear and hate, and the justifying of political violence, are gospel issues, not merely partisan political matters. Confessional resistance to that message is now required by faithful Christians. This is not merely an electoral debate in which Christians hold legitimately differing policy views from one another. Rather, it is a public test of Christian truth and discipleship. History records other moments that beckoned churches to publicly confess the truths of faith in order to confront political movements that represented a deceitful and dangerous attack on the gospel—to try to clarify faithful Christian witness in a time of crisis.

    Inflammatory messages of racial, religious, and nationalist bigotry compel confessional resistance from faithful Christians who believe that the image of God is equally within every human being. We hold up the call to love Christ in the encounter with one another, and we believe social justice is an integral component of the way of Jesus, leading inevitably to speaking up for our neighbor against political attacks, especially by oppressive leaders and governments. Racism is a sin against the Holy Spirit; it overtly opposes the work of God in the world; and we Christians are called to stand up for our neighbors. We must always uphold the principle, in both our personal and public lives, of reciprocity –the Golden Rule — that we should treat others in the ways we want to be treated ourselves.

    When we face dangerous and demagogic messages of racial fear, hate, xenophobia, gender disrespect, and nationalist ideology, it is incumbent upon Christians to lead by example – on behalf of racial justice and reconciliation, mutual respect, civility, service, religious freedom, international peace, and partnership. We must lead with our best values, and show how the people of God can help guide the way toward a more diverse, just, and unified America. The Christian vocation is to build bridges instead of walls, as Pope Francis has recently reminded us.

    German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” So we are called to speak and act, from pulpits and prayer groups across the nation, declaring our refusal to cooperate, in word and deed, against actions of intolerance and hate, not as a political group or partisan voice but as disciples of Jesus Christ. We can use the opportunity of speaking clearly about what we are against, to demonstrate and lead by example on behalf of what we are for.

    We can do no other.

    Appendix

    Offenses committed by Donald Trump include:

    * He began his political career by challenging the legitimacy of the nation’s first black president as not a real American, offered or passed along degrading comments, images, and lies related to African Americans, and refused to quickly and clearly disavow the support of the KKK and other white supremacists for his candidacy.

    * He began his candidacy and has deployed his national platform with false, incendiary, insulting, and racist attacks on Mexicans and other immigrants, thereby endangering not only all Latinos in America but other people of color now targeted even by bullying school children. Along with others, he has proposed a cruel mass deportation of every undocumented immigrant in the United States, which would separate and destroy millions of families.

    * He has offered a blanket condemnation of Islam as a religion and has proposed an unprecedented and unconstitutional ban on all immigration of Muslims to the United States; he has falsely accused U.S. Muslims of many things, including supposedly cheering the attacks of Sept. 11, thus impugning the national loyalty of millions of our fellow citizens – which undermines our national security by alienating and marginalizing our Muslim neighbors.

    * He has made numerous objectifying and degrading comments about women, disrespecting both their dignity and equality – including mocking the appearances of female candidates and the wives of candidates who opposed him and issuing sexist attacks on female reporters who challenge him. His own sexual boasting and cheating on multiple wives offend both men and women and serve as a negative role model for our children.

    * He mocked a disabled reporter, creating an environment that leads to further mockery of disabled persons.

    * He has threatened to “open up” libel laws in order to punish those who criticize him, a chilling threat to free speech and freedom of the press, and, along with his continuous hostile words and actions against the media, he has created a threatening environment for reporters covering his campaign. Trump’s harshly negative statements and actions toward a free and critical press is discomforting for many of us. Without apology, he has expressed his support for strong dictators and their crackdowns on dissent, thus sending a signal.

    * His rallies have become frightening settings that both threaten and at times enact violence in word and deed. By implicitly and explicitly encouraging violence and physical attacks on those protesting at his rallies, he has endangered public discussion, and even exploited such incidents for his political advantage. Not only has he failed to clearly and emphatically denounce his supporters for violent behavior, he has actually called for such practices and, when people engage in them, has offered to subsidize their legal expenses.

    * He has several times threatened to deploy torture techniques “far worse” than waterboarding against national enemies, and has threatened to kill “family members,” including the children, of suspected terrorists – all in contradiction to U.S. and international law.

    * He has coarsened political discourse through threats, vulgarity, and vile personal attacks on his opponents – giving justification for many of his followers to engage in similar vitriol. He has lied repeatedly, seemingly pathologically, about many matters when directly questioned about the facts. Instead of deepening civil discussion, he inflames angry feelings at home and has already worsened relations with other nations who have become targets of his verbal attacks.

    * He defines leadership only in terms of strength, toughness, “winning,” and “making deals,” rather than the ethic of public “service,” finding common ground, or serving the common good. With him, politics is reduced to win/lose battles, with leaders as the winners against the losers. He offers to be the authoritarian strong man, instead of the servant leader, and in his distorted definition of leadership, the Christian virtues of humility, compassion, empathy, mutuality, and integrity disappear.

    Instead of learning from his mistakes, the list of Donald Trump’s moral offenses keeps growing. It’s time to say enough.

    *Organizations listed for identification purposes only.

    Rev. Claude Alexander, Pastor, The Park Church
    Rev. Donald H. Ashmall, Council Minister, International Council of Community Churches
    Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Legate of the Eastern Diocese, Armenian Apostolic Church
    Bishop Carroll Baltimore, Sr., President and CEO, Global Alliance Interfaith Networks
    Rev. Leroy Barber, Founder, Voices Project
    Rev. Traci Blackmon, Acting Executive Minister, Justice & Witness Ministries, UCC
    Rev. Dr. Peter Borgdorff, Executive Director Emeritus, Christian Reformed Church in North America
    Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton, Founding Senior Pastor, The Open Church of Maryland
    Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO, Faith in Public Life
    Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
    Rev. Dr. Shawn Casselberry, Executive Director, Mission Year
    Noel Castellanos, CEO & President, CCDA
    Shane Claiborne, Director, Red Letter Christians
    Marie Dennis, Co-President, Pax Christi International
    Rev. Joshua Dubois, Founder and CEO, Values Partnerships
    Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, Pastor Emeritus, Providence Baptist Church
    Dr. Robert M. Franklin, President Emeritus, Morehouse College
    Rev. Wes Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary Emeritus, Reformed Church in America
    Dr. David Gushee, Professor, Mercer University
    Dr. Mimi Haddad, President, Christians for Biblical Equality
    Rev. Cynthia Hale, Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Christian Church
    Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins, Senior Vice President for Public Programs, Union Theological Seminary
    Lisa Sharon Harper, Chief Church Engagement Officer, Sojourners
    Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Senior Pastor, Friendship West Baptist Church; Chair, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
    Rev. Alvin Herring, Deputy Director of Faith Formation, PICO National Network
    Michelle Higgins, Director, Faith for Justice
    Hyepin Im, Founder and President, Korean Churches for Community Development
    Micky ScottBey Jones, Public Theologian, Activist, Organizer, Faith Matters Network
    Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church
    Rev. Carlos Malave, Executive Director, Christian Churches Together
    Rev. Michael A. Mata, Los Angeles Director, Transformational Urban Leadership Program, Azusa Pacific Seminary
    Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, Director of Clegy Organizing, PICO National Network
    Rev. Timothy McDonald III, Pastor, First Iconium Baptist Church
    Rev. Brian McLaren, Author/Speaker, Convergence
    Rev. Carolyn Metzler, Spiritual Life Coordinator, Living School for Action and Contemplation
    Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ
    David Neff, retired Editor in Chief, Christianity Today
    Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, Senior Pastor, Glide Memorial UMC
    Rev. Adam Phillips, Christ Church, Portland
    Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary
    Rev. Rudy Rasmus, Co-Senior Pastor, St. John’s United Methodist Church
    Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Founder, Center for Action and Contemplation
    Dr. Steve Schneck, Director, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America
    Rev. Dr. Ronald J. Sider, Senior Distinguished Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry, and Public Policy, Palmer Seminary at Eastern University
    Dr. T. DeWitt Smith Jr., Senior Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church of Metro Atlanta, Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network
    Rev. Ron Stief, Executive Director, National Religious Campaign Against Torture
    Rev. Robert H. Thompson, Exeter, N.H.
    Rev. Anthony L. Trufant, Senior Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church
    Rev. Jim Wallis, Founder and President, Sojourners
    Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church
    Dr. Joan L. Wharton, Pastor, Hemingway Temple AME Church
    Dr. Reggie Williams, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, McCormick Theological Seminary
    Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network
    Rev. Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary, National Council of Churches
    Rev. Dr. Frank Yamada, President, McCormick Theological Seminary

  4. eslkevin says:

    Contact your electors via email here: http://asktheelectors.org/

  5. Anyone who brags about shooting someone in the middle of 5th Ave and still be elected says a lot about this country. Donald is not fit to be President. Making a statement like that alone should have disqualified him. When a person shows you who they believe them! America you have no one to blame but. Yourselves if you allow this reckless person to become Prescription!

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