President Donald Trump needs to provide moral leadership and denounce the “demonic racist force” that is the alt-right before it further fractures the country, a group of evangelical leaders says.
Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, along with other conservative leaders from North Carolina and across the country have signed an open letter to the president stating that although he has denounced the KKK and neo-Nazis, and signed a joint resolution condemning white supremacy, he needs to go a step further.
“Now, we respectfully call upon you to respond to the resolution by speaking out against the alt-right movement,” the letter says. “This movement has escaped your disapproval. We believe it is important for this movement to be addressed, for at its core it is a white identity movement and the majority of its members are white nationalists or white supremacists. This movement gained public prominence during your candidacy for President of the United States. Supporters of the movement have claimed that you share their vision for our country. These same supporters have sought to use the political and cultural concerns of people of good will for their prejudiced political agendas. It concerned many of us when three people associated with the alt-right movement were given jobs in the White House.”
The letter, posted at unifyingleadership.org, goes on to say that the alt-right movement does not represent constitutional conservatism, because the constitution promotes the dignity and equality of all people.