Local faith leaders share concern over Trump policies

Protesting Pres. Trump 's visit in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Standing on the steps of the Douglass Boulevard Christian Church, multiple reverends, a rabbi, and an imam are united to send a message ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to Louisville.

"We are called as the deepest expression of who we are as people of faith to give voice to the voiceless, we will not be silenced," Rev. Dr. Derek Penwell, of the Douglass Boulevard Christian Church, said.

"We are united as faith leaders in our concern with the budget process of our country this is not a Democratic, Republican, Independent issue, this is an issue of priorities," Rabbi Robert Slosberg said.

The faith leaders discussed concerns ranging from racism, immigration and refugee policy, Islamophobia, LGBTQ discrimination and affordable healthcare.

"One statement that we know, that every American knows, love thy neighbor, whether it is from the Christian, Jewish, Islamic, any tradition, whether they believe in God or not, they know this statement , and many hold onto it dearly, as this is part of our  American values," Imam Wasif Iqbal said.

"The religions of the world require their followers to take care of the sick, the poor and the abused, the religions of the world require their followers to take care of our neighbor, the religions of the world require their followers to give aid to those who have been persecuted and have had to flee their homes," Rev. Dawn Cooley, Unitarian Universalist, said.

President Trump is expected to focus on the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act during tonight's rally.

"Access is no longer realistic access it is defined as the ability to buy something that you may not be able to afford. Instead health care policy is being designed to protect the most powerful from the discomfort of being taxed and to protect all individuals from a government requirement that we have insurance that we will all someday need," Rev. Dr. Christopher Elwood of the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, said.


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