Senator Billie Sutton puts his outrage at the white-supremacist violence in Charlottesville in Biblical terms:
White supremacists brought violence and bigotry to a small Virginia town. They came on a mission to spread their message of hate, attack those they deemed beneath them, and they even killed an innocent woman.
This event is just more proof that we must come together around our shared values of kindness and empathy and not allow these actions to take hold of our country. We must be better than this.
During this difficult time, I find these words powerful:
“But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” 1 John 2:11[Sen. Billie Sutton, campaign e-mail, 2017.08.16]
If Democrats can read the Bible and see the proper focus for outrage at the Charlottesville violence, why can’t the evangelicals’ favored savior in the White House?
Two Republicans who previously occupied the White House are able to recognize the incompatibility of white supremacy with our founding document:
America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all its forms. As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city’s most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable right. We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country [Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, statement, quoted in Alex Ward, “Presidents George Bush and G. W. Bush Issue Joint Statement Condemning Racism and Anti-Semitism,” Vox, 2017.08.16].
The Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and dangerous evil of white supremacy are clear. A man who cannot read those documents, see such clear danger, and speak in a way that rallies all Americans to unity against that danger is not qualified to be a political leader in the United States of America.
Donald Trump, I call on you to resign from the Presidency. Presidents Bush, Senator Sutton, my fellow Americans, I urge you to join me in this call.
For the good of the country, Donald Trump, resign.