There has been a wide-range of voices in the multitudes that have spoken out against Donald Trump’s executive order banning Muslims from a list of 7 countries from entering the US.
Many politicians, both conservative and liberal, celebrities, and thousands and thousands of protestors taking to the street have let Trump and his team know that this is not how America works. Let’s not forget what one of the most powerful and influential voices in the world added to the chorus: Pope Francis.
The leader of one of the largest and most powerful religions on the planet had the following to say about those who would identify as Christian yet support Trump’s policy, saying he is against “the contradiction of those who want to defend Christianity in the West, and, on the other hand, are against refugees and other religions.”
He continued that “the sickness or, you can say the sin, that Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy,” alluding to those who claim Christian faith but turn their back on the oppressed.
“You cannot be a Christian without living like a Christian. You cannot be a Christian without practicing the Beatitudes. You cannot be a Christian without doing what Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25.”
“It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help. If I say I am Christian, but do these things, I’m a hypocrite.”
Trump has yet to Tweet a response to the Pope, but I imagine it would say something like “Pope Francis worst Pope yet. Vatican population so small. Sad.”