A diverse band of faith leaders and at least one presidential candidate descended on a park outside the White House on Wednesday (June 12), gathering to decry what organizers called the “evil” policies of the Trump administration.
“We are here to talk about right versus wrong,” the Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, told hundreds of clergy and other people of faith gathered in Lafayette Square for a rally organized by Barber and Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of the Shalom Center.
“We have come as a prophetic witness against what we are seeing in this nation, and to deliver a moral indictment against this president’s policies, this administration’s policies, the policies of his enablers, and the policies of the religionists who try to suggest that what is wrong is actually right,” said Barber, who is also president of Repairers of the Breach.
The rally began with an interfaith worship service thatincluded representatives from Native American, Jewish, Christian, Muslim and other faith traditions at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, who then marched toward the White House holding a banner that read “Moral Witness Wednesday.”
Waiting for them at Lafayette Square, which is across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, was presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind. Buttigieg, who has spoken at lengthabout faith on the campaign trail and expressed support for a “religious left,” was only attending the demonstration to bear “silent witness,” not to campaign, rally officials said.
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Jack Jenkins and originally published at Religious News Services. Title changed by P&P.]
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