Stated Clerk opposes order banning refugees’ entry into U.S.

January 28, 2017

Louisville

Yesterday President Donald Trump signed an executive order to allegedly protect the nation from terrorists entering the United States. In practice, however, this order serves to further harm those who are the very victims of terrorism, genocide, religious and gender-based persecution, and civil war.

Right now, across the globe, there are families grabbing their bags and clinging to each other as they tearfully flee the home they love, the home they never wanted to leave, because home is no longer safe. And many, after being fully vetted by a legal refugee entry process, are not being allowed to enter the U.S. and are being wrongfully detained at airports across the country.

This is a miscarriage of justice and goes against everything we stand for as a country shaped and formed by people who emanated from other lands.

As the top ecclesial officer of the nation’s largest Reformed body, I urge the president and his administration to reverse this very harmful decision regarding refugees. Presbyterians are not afraid of this so-called terror threat. We are not afraid because we profess a faith in Jesus, who entered the world a refugee.

We are not afraid because, just as we welcome Jesus every advent, we have chosen to welcome our brothers and sisters into this nation from across the globe. Presbyterians chose welcome after World War II when we, as a denomination, demanded that the U.S. allow more refugees to enter then. We chose welcome when our very congregations served as the host sites to refugees in the years before resettlement agencies. And, Presbyterians choose welcome now as we co-sponsor families resettling to the U.S. from Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, and other countries.

With every choice of welcome we enter into relationship with people who become neighbors, friends, and family. No administration can convince us to fear.

We oppose this administration’s decision to prolong each and every refugee’s wait for a place to call home under the false pretense of security. We stand ready to welcome our new neighbors, friends, and family of all faiths and nations.

Learn more about our policies on refugees and asylees.

공 서기는 미국으로 입국하는 난민 금지명령에 반대하다

Secretario Permanente se opone a la orden que prohíbe la entrada de los refugiados a los EE.UU.

  1. Thank you Assemblyman Nelson, it takes nerve to speak according to Scripture. Your effort is appreciated by many of us who hear twisted truths from those within our own church. I have faith that God will prevail in this tough time and give you strength and success in your mission. Best wishes John Marshall

    by John marshall

    March 14, 2017

  2. Dear Mr. J. Herbert Nelson II. I have been a Presbyterian since 8 years of age, 71 years ago. For the past 20 or so years I don't know why I stay. Our leaders, such as yourself, are intent on becoming more secular and melding in with society. It's becoming increasingly difficult to find a true Biblical scholar, in the pew and without. For the life of me I'm unable to understand why so many American citizens are unable to see that our Presidents decision to enforce immigration laws, especially those which are clearly within the boundaries of the US Constitution. The recent decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is truly a political one. The Court had no right, legal or other wise, to overrule our Presidents Executive Power. Our President is simply (or not simply as people with your opinion seem to think) needing to review our vetting processes in order to defend against what is probably to come. This is also part of his responsibilities. The demonstrations we've seen since the election are horrendous. The damage to innocent businesses and property damage to our citizens who happened to have their automobiles parked in the wrong place at the wrong time is truly reprehensible. So this is what the left wants to teach our young people-if you lose you are free to demonstrate any way you want including fire-bombing and gagging free speech.

    by Dennis L. Bottenfield

    February 10, 2017

  3. 1. it is not a permanent ban it is a temporary pause to reevaluate the vetting process of refugees which is quite different. 2. It is not fear it is a calculation of risk. You would not let a small child play alone by a pool or a busy street because there is clear and present danger. There are groups that have expressed exploiting the current vetting process of refugees. Congress worked to propose a bill to change the vetting process for refugees after the attacks in Paris and Belgium which was carried out by refugees. Is it wrong to pause and reevaluate the process. What will we do when they arrive? Where will they go? What about those homeless and forgotten souls already here, many of which are Vets? People feel strongly and many disagree with the temporary ban but yet nobody wants these refugees in their town or city or home. The attitude is let them in as long as they are not near me. If you are not willing to take care of our the homeless already in this country your crys of injustice are empty. I believe we should help but we should always evaluate the process and have plan on logistics once they are vetted.

    by Jeff

    February 7, 2017

  4. Thank you! This executive order has wrought havoc, terror and utter despair for thousands of innocent people, and is also insulting to the entire U.S. intelligence community and security personnel who have been doing their jobs exceedingly well all along, who love and protect our country every day. The immigration process is already one of the most gruelling anywhere in the world. The personal stories of families nearly reunited, or suddenly torn apart were heard this past week. For anyone who did not hear them, find a different news source, e.g. NPR which broadcast numerous interviews. And these were only the stories of people attempting to enter the U.S. on just those couple of days. One man would have been forced back to Iraq where he would have faced certain death because he had worked for the American military before escaping to Sweden. He had already waited 3 years to join his wife and son in L.A. This action was cruel, not just heartless. It does not make America strong. It shows America to be weak and fearful. Scapegoating people of other religions, races, nations, gender, custom etc. is exactly the opposite of Christianity: love God and love neighbor as self. No exceptions, no conditions.

    by Rebecca L te Velde

    February 6, 2017

  5. Thank you Mr. Stated Clerk. This is surely what Jesus would have us do. 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

    by Patricia Hallowell

    February 4, 2017

  6. thank God for a president that does what is right and ignores the badly informed and the selectively righteous.

    by Charlie

    February 4, 2017

  7. The Trump Administrations ban is both wrong hearted and poorly conceived. I is not based on fact, but just feeds "alt-facts" (otherwise known as lies). Our worst risk of terror is home grown. Our Christian duty is to help our neighbors in greatest need. Call and write you congressional reps and senators to act to oppose the ban on majority Muslin countries.

    by Scott renninger

    February 4, 2017

  8. I was wondering how long it takes before a comment is posted? I placed a comment a couple days ago but it was not posted. I thought something was wrong so today I placed the same comment again. Thank You for giving everyone a forum.

    by bob voll

    February 4, 2017

  9. I believe we in the Western World, as well as the U.N., have dropped the ball on this whole immigration business. I've been railing for years that the solution to helping the "refugees" regardless of whether or not they are true refugees is to form safe zones for the migrants near their home countries. These zones would provide them with security, food, water, medical, shelter, etc. It would not involve forcing them to settle in areas strange to their way of life, nor would it present a threat, real or perceived, to those in Western Countries. And, when the war is over, they can safely return to their own countries and their own culture with help from the West as well as from their Islamic brothers. All religious groups should support this reasonable solution to what appears to be an intractable problem. If you have any doubts at all that the migration is Al Hijrah please read the parts of the Koran/Quran concerning it. Al Hijrah is a conquering by overloading countries with so many immigrants that they cannot be cared for properly and the countries involved will eventually lose their Christian Religion in place of Islam. Be smart and support this movement to safe zones. - bob voll

    by bob voll

    February 4, 2017

  10. Thank you , we should all think of how it must feel to walk in another's shoes ,refugees and immigrants are us and should be treated with dignity as Jesus would do , peace .

    by Rachel Burt

    February 3, 2017

  11. I believe that what has caused our President to make this Executive Order is that he must address a situation that is different from all the examples you have given about welcoming refugees and those who wish to become citizens. We are facing enemies that would like to see all of us put to death and the nation that has led in helping countries and people, and immigrants, throughout the world to no longer exist. As I see it the first responsibility of any President is to protect those who live in the United States, be they citizens or non-citizens. That is what our President promised to do when campaigning and he is trying to live up to his promise. What he is trying to do has to take time and I believe when it is accomplished those who pose not threat will be welcomed. I do not think Jesus would approve of innocent people in the United States being slaughtered if it could be avoided. I am Presbyterian but I cannot go along with all that is being proposed in your statements.

    by Max Neimeyer

    February 3, 2017

  12. This all sounds extremely brave, I can almost hear “Onward Christian Soldiers” in the background as I read this article. Yet, it seems to be completely void of a sense of responsibility to protect ourselves as well as our neighbors. Security is not a false pretense; it is the duty of a government. As is often the case, common sense and a pragmatic approach is abandoned by the Social Justice Warrior, who often thinks his fellow citizens safety is not his own to consider.

    by Paul Wright

    February 2, 2017

  13. I believe there will not be any permanent ban of any nationality once our government is certain that those who wish to immigrate to the US can be given the most thorough security examination that is possible. I agree it is our Christian duty and our nation's leaders Christian duty to accept and help all to the best of our and their ability as you have stated. But it is also equally important for our nation's leaders to protect our citizens and non citizens that are in our nation from any possible terrorist attacks that would take innocent lives. I believe that we must trust our leaders to do what is best for all and this will take time. If our nation's leaders fail to do this, then it is our Christian duty to make our our voices heard, and loudly.

    by Max Neimeyer

    February 2, 2017

  14. Thank you Mr. Stated Clerk, This is a statement for freedom, an invitation to stand and speak and work/march/vote/ act for freedom. This what I have always understood the Presbyterian Church I love has always been. We must not give in to fear. Peg Papsch

    by Margaret Papsch, HR

    February 1, 2017

  15. Where does the Church stand on Obama's permanent ban on Cuban refugees that was announced three weeks ago? This is a temporary stay to people from countries that promote terrorism and where they can not be vetted fully under current practices. Not afraid? Really? Look at the World. Speaking of refuges from Syria, what percentage allowed into the USA were Christian? Less than 2%. Who is getting in? Sunni Muslims. Sunni are the majority and are the one persecuting the Christians, Shia Muslims and Yazidi's. Know your FACTS before you speak on behalf of the Church.

    by Tim Howard

    February 1, 2017

  16. Thank you!

    by Elizabeth Reid

    February 1, 2017

  17. It was given to the United States by France. A statue, named, “Liberty Enlightening the World”, more widely known in the present day as the “Statue of Liberty”. It was placed there in 1886. My great-great-grandfather Carl Fink must have seen the Statue when he arrived by steamship in 1887 from Germany. It faces southeast, the direction of incoming ships. It faces outward to those arriving, not inward to those already here. It represents the principled welcoming of our nation. It is not a barrier or a threat. There are two texts I want to share. The first is the conclusion of the poem written by Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus”, whose words are displayed with the statue: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" The second is this coming Sunday’s lectionary text from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: “You are the Light of the World. A city on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works, and give glory to God in heaven.” [Matthew 5:14-16] I much prefer to hold the lamp up high, instead of hiding it. Thank you, Mr. Stated Clerk.

    by James Renfrew

    February 1, 2017

  18. Your petitions to protest are asked in error. By practicing what you preach, petitions should be sent in awesome prayer by all Christians to our Almighty Father who can move mountains and hearts. Specifically, prayers should invoke "Thy will be done", and more specifically praying for wisdom and safety for our new President Trump and his administration. We can not know the full plan that God has for our Nation, but always He is in charge. In God's time the right thing will occur. May God move your ministry in this direction. In Jesus name and by His shed blood, I ask this.

    by P Beatty

    February 1, 2017

  19. I have one thing to say " Where is the voice to put Prayers back in our school".

    by Shirley

    February 1, 2017

  20. So where do I sign the petition?

    by Art Morrissette

    January 31, 2017

  21. Point by point: 1) '...fully vetted by a legal refugee entry process' How can our government fully vet a refugee, or vet a refugee's intentions, from Libya, when NPR describes Libya as having ‘two governments, many militias and infinite chaos’? 2)'...so-called terror threat' San Bernardino? So-called? Children savagely ripped apart by a bomb in Boston? So-called? 3)'...wrongfully detained at airports' ‘Wrongfully’ is a subjective term and editorializes the facts. The executive branch exercises broad powers over immigration. Those powers are granted by the US congress. 4) When you use ‘allegedly’ in your first paragraph, you are again editorializing. You are calling President Trumps motives into question when he is simply following the precedent set by President Obama. 5) '...This is a miscarriage of justice' The subject isn’t justice. Justice is determined in our court system. The subject is a legal executive order. You are illogically redefining the subject. 6) '...nation’s largest Reformed body’ Not for long. PC(USA) numbers are plummeting. 7) '...welcome our new neighbors, friends, and family of all faiths and nations. Yes we do. Those who enter legally and abide by visa restrictions. Just as I have done when I have traveled to countries requiring visas. I respected their laws, customs and cultures, as do other Americans when they travel internationally. 8) Is this Presbyterian body as outraged against President Obama’s executive order against Cuban refugees during his last week of his presidency? God bless President Trump. God bless our nation. God bless and protect our citizens.

    by Wade Reinthaler

    January 31, 2017

  22. I am VERY appreciative of the prophetic voice of our Stated Clerk. We need frequent reminding about the Christ we follow!

    by Carol Dunn

    January 31, 2017

  23. The stated clerk purports to speak for the denomination. We see it now and we certainly saw it with with the last stated clerk. These stated clerks do not represent all of us. In this case, he does not understand the executive order, that this was simply upholding a law that was on the books. It becomes so frustrating to be a Presbyterian - I really appreciate and and am very fond of my local church. I struggle mightily with the larger denomination. It is simply leaving many of us behind. This announcement simply reinforces that.

    by Sean Johnston

    January 31, 2017

  24. I agree that we are all God's children. Including the ones who want to infiltrate this country and kill us. If we have no borders, no culture, we have no country. What good are we to the world then? Donald Trump is enforcing current law, nothing more. It's a temporary halt until a better way is established of finding out who is coming into our country. All this other hype is just bloviating nonsense. I encourage you to educate yourself on the facts, not just react on your emotion.

    by bret reinthaler

    January 31, 2017

  25. Thank you for being a strong voice of, and for, reason, faith, and humanity. This is what we are called to do with our lives.

    by Moreau MacCaughey

    January 31, 2017

  26. Prophetic voices are few and far between these days. Thank you, Rev. Nelson, for your witness; for reminding us that we are all God's children; and for rejecting this policy of bigotry and hatred. This is exactly what we are called to do as followers of Jesus Christ.

    by Michael J. Vaughn

    January 31, 2017

  27. Having been a friend of Johnalee, your mother, when we served on the Global Mission committee, I know how proud she would be of your stand on the issue. What a terrible time for our country, and thank you for so clearly stating the stand of PC(USA).

    by anne e corley

    January 31, 2017

  28. Thank you for bold leadership and for giving voice to Christ's spirit that leads us. Welcome.

    by Patsy Smith, PMAB

    January 31, 2017

  29. Thanks for saying it so well.

    by Pam reich

    January 31, 2017

  30. I am so greatly disappointed with people do not even read his executive order but stand by and spew so many untruths. There is great judgment I am seeing on a multitude of citizens, non-citizens and visitors. Please... let’s set the record straight: Trump did NOT sign a ban on muslims. He has a temporary ban on immigrants from specific countries... 90 days, 120 days. The U.S. Law Code 1182 on Inadmissible aliens gives him the authority to do this. Please stop adding to the unrest of this nation. We are supposed to be one Nation, Under God INDIVISIBLE. This continues to drive our nation apart. This is a time of protecting our Nation... we are in essence at war with unknown evil... President Trump is protecting this nation and its people and many from other nations who reside here as well. Ecclesiastes 3:8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. In my humble opinion, I believe God is using Trump to promote good for all. It is a privilege to come to this country and not everyone should be allowed. Despite us all being God's children. I find there is some common sense lacking. Let's watch this prophesy come to fruition. [Deuteronomy 32:28 They are a nation without sense, there is no discernment in them.] [Ps.92 4-7 For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. 5 How great are your works, Lord, how profound your thoughts! 6 Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand, 7 that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever.

    by MJ

    January 31, 2017

  31. Thank you, Mr. Stated Clerk, for your prophetic witness. We will continue to work with you for advocating that this injustice be undone.

    by Rev. Francis P. Miller, II

    January 31, 2017

  32. First let’s set the record straight: Trump did NOT sign a ban on muslims. He has a ban on immigrants from specific countries. U.S. Law: 8 U.S. Code 1182 on Inadmissible aliens gives him the authority to do this. In Addition, the Supreme Court held in its 1982 case United States v. Valenzuela-Bernal, “The power to regulate immigration—an attribute of sovereignty essential to the preservation of any nation—has been entrusted by the Constitution to the political branches of the Federal Government.” The Court then quoted a 1976 case, which acknowledged, “The Court without exception has sustained Congress’ plenary power to make rules for the admission of aliens.” Second, where was the outrange when Obama did the same thing to immigrants from Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Sudan? Where was the outrage when Carter did the same to the Iranians? Where was the PCUSA when thousands of Orthodox Christians and Jews were murdered by ISIS? Their children forced to become sex slaves while their mothers and fathers beheaded or dissolved in acid? Sorry for my cynicism, but I suspect that this has less to do with the refugees and more to do with politics!

    by Joe Doggett

    January 31, 2017

  33. Thank you, J. Herbert, for speaking out.

    by Angene Wilson

    January 31, 2017

  34. I agree. We are all Gods children. Even those terrorists whose stated purpose is to destroy Israel. Also the ones who want to infiltrate our country, kill us and kill our children. Thank God we have a leader who will finally stand up to this ridiculous nonsense. I suggest those of you who think borders, laws, reason, and logic are relics of the past to think through your emotions and become educated about what Trump is actually doing - upholding the law.

    by Bret Reinthaler

    January 31, 2017

  35. With my mother coming to our country because her father had to flee the Communists in Ukraine and my father's Jewish parents having to flee Poland, I am truly grateful for the position J. Herbert has taken on behalf of refugees having to flee their native land. I deeply thank you!!!

    by Phyllis T. Albritton

    January 31, 2017

  36. Thank you

    by Beth Beals

    January 30, 2017

  37. Where was the stated clerk in 2011 when Obama kept Iraqi's out of the country? Is he interested in safety or politics? I bet politics.

    by James Stobs

    January 30, 2017

  38. I think it very sad that this Facebook page was used as a political statement. That is totally wrong I am Presbyterian and this is totally a political post. So very disappointed, it may be your opinion but it certainly does not represent all Presbyterians.

    by Laura Cauthen

    January 30, 2017

  39. Thank you so much for speaking out strongly and clearly on behalf of the church that I love.

    by Dana Stinson

    January 30, 2017

  40. Thank you from Scotland.

    by Sally Beaumont

    January 30, 2017

  41. Going against the grain, but the Trump EO is not excessive. If the refugees papers were not in order, they were caught. Only 100 plus was involved, so this is grandstanding and no grandstand. Do not join in the chorus of emotion to take a stand. Not responsible. Thus let the water clear and we will see what happens.

    by James A. Glasscock, HR

    January 30, 2017

  42. Gracias, Rev. Nelson, for your words of encouragement and call to action. Bendiciones.

    by Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri

    January 30, 2017

  43. Thank you. I keep thinking of these verses of condemnation for those who would keep themselves safe by cutting off others from Habakkuk 2: "Alas for you who get evil gain for your house, setting your nest on high to be safe from the reach of harm!” You have devised shame for your house by cutting off many peoples; you have forfeited your life. The very stones will cry out from the wall, and the plaster will respond from the woodwork."

    by Rachel McCord

    January 30, 2017

  44. Thank you for the pointed comments. We are all God's children. Carrie Sinkler-Parker

    by Carrie Sinkler-Parker

    January 30, 2017

  45. Grateful as always for your prophetic voice.

    by Rev. Tricia Dillon Thomas

    January 29, 2017

  46. Well said. Thank you for speaking out!

    by susan hickox

    January 29, 2017

  47. As Christians we are called to have the courage to love and help others even when its not convenient or guaranteed safe. Thank you for this reminder. Christians and Americans are not selfish cowards.

    by Rita Brown

    January 29, 2017

  48. As Christians we must have courage to show love to others especially when it may make things difficult for us. Christ didn't say love only your neighbors who are like yourself and only if its convenient and guaranteed safe. Americans are not cowards.

    by Rita Brown

    January 29, 2017

  49. Thank you for this strong and faithful witness. As a church, we need leaders who dare to speak truth to power and to stand for justice. Is there a reason the link to this isn't on the PCUSA home page? Hopefully, it's just waiting for staff to come in on Monday morning.

    by Barbara Cathey

    January 29, 2017

  50. Amen. Thank you.

    by Rev. Rachel Srubas

    January 29, 2017

  51. Ask the Germans how this open door policy is working stated clerk? How many refugees have you taken in syated clerk?

    by William G Scheiderer

    January 29, 2017

  52. Thanks, J. Herbert, for being the strong voice of our church on this and so many other critical issues of our time socially, politically and theologically. Peace in Christ.

    by Jonathan C. Barker

    January 29, 2017

  53. Finally we are hearing voices challenging fear as an excuse for acting unethically. Finally we are hearing voices reminding us that Christianity demands that we be about more than ourselves. Keep it up! Fill the air with the words of Christianity that have too long been silent.

    by JoAnn Ottman

    January 29, 2017

  54. Dr. Nelson: Many thanks from Wayne PA. We're with you totally and grateful for your prophetic statement on this crisis. George and Ellen

    by Ellen and George Aman

    January 29, 2017

  55. Thank you. This unequivocal statements in support of love, justice, and mercy give me hope for our denomination, the nation, and the world. May we remain committed to welcoming the outcast and the exile into our midst.

    by Heather McIntyre

    January 29, 2017

  56. Thank you, Mr. Stated Clerk. We read this in church today; people responded with tears for the voice you gave their feelings. And now we head for a community rally, where we'll read your words again.

    by Gary Saunders

    January 29, 2017

  57. Thank you for speaking up for the many Christians stunned into silence, I hope it gives more people a voice and the courage to speak out for what is right. No matter what a persons faith is, the ideas of right and wrong and basic humanity towards one another are what will save us.

    by Sue

    January 29, 2017

  58. Thank you so much for this strong message. It reflects the base from which so many of us live and work to welcome all who are strangers and outsiders. With the Holy Spirit working through us, we will move through this fear-based set of policies to show God's love, especially to those most in need. May it be so.

    by Don Mead

    January 29, 2017

  59. Thank you.

    by Melanie Mitchell

    January 29, 2017

  60. Thank you. I stand entirely with/next to/behind you on this.

    by Jennifer Chaloemtiarana

    January 29, 2017

  61. Bless you for speaking out. We are all God's creations.

    by Tziporah Waternov

    January 29, 2017

  62. Thank you for speaking to and for our church as a prophet. Amen.

    by Wayne Meeks

    January 29, 2017

  63. Thank you!!

    by Jane Collins

    January 29, 2017

  64. We cannot make life decisions based purely on a need to protect our physical being. Jesus' mandate to us - both through his life example and by his own teachings - is to protect OTHERS' physical being, even if at the cost of our own. If you cannot own that, you cannot profess to be His followers... as it is his #2 Directive -- Mark 12:29-31 (Galatians 3:28)

    by Sydney Alexandra Linton

    January 29, 2017

  65. Thank you. We stand with the stated clerk

    by Kris Maldarelli

    January 29, 2017

  66. Thank you for speaking for us. Amen. Welcome refugees, we want and need you!

    by Michael McBride

    January 29, 2017

  67. thank you

    by Susan Ross

    January 29, 2017

  68. Thank you for this message. I pray that it will be spread throughout our community.

    by Susan Worledge

    January 29, 2017

  69. People will come from east and west, from north and south, to sit at table together in the presence of the Holy One. That is our vision, and it is the reality to which we give witness and work.

    by Rev. Deke Spierling

    January 29, 2017

  70. My sentiments exactly!

    by Gail Brigham

    January 29, 2017

  71. Thank you.

    by Manda Wright

    January 29, 2017

  72. Thank you for articulating the thinking person's response so eloquently.

    by Betsy Mallett Caszatt

    January 29, 2017

  73. Thank you for your words of wisdom and comfort.

    by Sarah Williams

    January 29, 2017

  74. Thank you-we cannot remain silent.

    by Patricia Holt

    January 29, 2017

  75. Thank you for being a reflection of what church should be, walking with Christ's words in your heart; I am proud to be a Presbyterian today.

    by Brett Hartley

    January 28, 2017

  76. It is not hate that makes our decision about not allowing Muslims into this country, it is love for the Christian that live here. The UPCA IS LOSING MEMBERSHIP big time because you choose to follow rather than lead. There is such hope if we follow Gods rules. Bring the Christians here that are being persecuted is one thing bringing Muslims here put our lives in the same danger. We cannot fix anything if we don't recognize what is happening.

    by C Lewis

    January 28, 2017

  77. Thank you, Mr. Stated Clerk! We are a people of welcome precisely because we have been welcomed, by God's grace. In faithful response, we can do no less.

    by Keith R. Conover

    January 28, 2017

  78. Let the Church and Chorus of Christians say Amen!

    by Warren Lesane

    January 28, 2017

  79. Thank you, this is what I was hoping to see.

    by Sharon Lunsford

    January 28, 2017

  80. Thank you!!! Prayers and voices matter!

    by Ronee Christy

    January 28, 2017

  81. Well said Thank you!

    by Philip Di Filippo

    January 28, 2017

  82. Amen!

    by Ashley Kave

    January 28, 2017

  83. Amen...praying for repentance

    by Rev. Edward D. Slusser, HR

    January 28, 2017

  84. We stand behind our Stated Clerk and cannot condone these actions. This is a misscarriage of justice.

    by Anthony L Burton Sr

    January 28, 2017

  85. Thank you!

    by Marcia Webster

    January 28, 2017

  86. Amen, all of God's children are welcome here.

    by Rev Joseph Medearis

    January 28, 2017

  87. thank you

    by Debra J MacGregor

    January 28, 2017

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