(CNN)As countless white nationalist and “alt-right” protesters came down on Charlottesville, Virginia, for the “Unite the Right” rally Saturday and encountered counterprotesters, voices from both sides of the aisle were raised to condemn the event.
Included in those voices were 2 members of President Trump’s evangelical board of advisers– a group of pastors and faith leaders who recommend Trump– as well as a Latino evangelical minister who provided a prayer at the governmental inauguration in January.
And while Trump failedto single out white supremacists and “alt-right” groups at the center of Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, the ministers who spoke up in declarations were not so reticent.
“I condemn the forces of white nationalism, white supremacy and anti-Semitism that divide our nation today and I likewise condemn those who look for to politicize all of it for their political gain,” stated minister Samuel Rodriguez, who participated in Trump’s inauguration.
“Unless, we bridge this partisan and ridiculous divide there will be more scaries to come. It’s on each people to be a part of option and it starts with turning our political swords into plowshares. We should start to collaborate to recover our country,” he included.
Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas and a member of Trump’s evangelical board of advisers, stated the protesters at Saturday’s rally did not “represent in any kind or method the Christian faith or the worths fans of Jesus mean.”
“In truth, white nationalism and white supremacism are anathema to the mentors of Christ, who called us to enjoy and to serve our next-door neighbor no matter skin religious beliefs, color or gender to quit our life for our pals and to even like our opponents.”
Johnnie Moore, a previous senior vice president at Liberty University as well as among the President’s evangelical consultants, echoed Floyd by stating, “White supremacism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism are bigotry and they are pure evil. I dislike them, and I hire all Americans to defy them with deliberate acts of uniformity and love.”
Moore included: “The right stays too passive and the left stays too political when it pertains to ethnic departments in this nation. One side ignores the problem and the opposite provokes additional dispute. Both sides suspect each other. This should end if we are to discover nationwide recovery.”
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