PA Religious Group Calls Out Trump

trumpThe open letter is perhaps the most unwelcome of communications and Donald Trump has become the recipient of one from a PA-based religious advocacy organization.

The Pennsylvania Family Council, which is part of the CitizenLink alliance, called on the presidential candidate to participate in a teleconference. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush have all done one and Ben Carson is scheduled to as well.

Despite several inquiries, however, the Trump campaign has yet to respond.

“Time is ticking, and we want Mr. Trump to clear up his contradictory record on issues Americans care about,” President & CEO of CitizenLink Paul Weber stated. “We have invited Mr. Trump several times to join our Presidential Candidate Teleconference Series. He has yet to accept, and our constituents are left wondering.”

The organization’s complete letter to Trump is included below:

Mr. Trump:

We, the undersigned, represent millions of pro-family Americans who are dedicated to a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.  As a national alliance with nearly 40 state-based organizations, we have invited you to participate in our Presidential Teleconference Series to share your views on the issues important to values voters. We have interviewed most of the leading candidates, but after several attempts, we have not yet been able to schedule such a call with you. Therefore, we direct the following questions to you on policy issues important to our constituents:

  • After years of describing yourself as “pro-choice in every respect”—even supporting partial-birth abortion—you now say that you are pro-life.  Your explanation for this change of position – that a baby who was nearly aborted ended up being a “superstar” – is confusing, particularly since you acknowledged that if the child had been “a loser,” your pro-abortion position probably wouldn’t have changed.  Please explain this utilitarian view of the sanctity of human life.  Do you consider life only worth protecting if it meets certain criteria, and, if so, what are those criteria?
  • How do you square your new position on life with your statements in 2015 supporting continued taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion seller?
  • The next president is expected to nominate two to four U.S. Supreme Court justices, beginning immediately with the vacancy caused by the passing of Justice Scalia.  These nominations will likely decide critical issues such as abortion.  You’ve recommended your sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, for the High Court.  Yet, as a federal judge, she overturned the New Jersey Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, writing that it “burdened a woman’s constitutional right to obtain an abortion.”  How can we trust you to nominate judges who will respect the constitutional limits on judicial power and uphold the sanctity of human life?
  • You claim to support religious freedom, yet a leading gay-activist organization calls you “one of the best, if not the best, pro-gay Republican candidates to ever run for the presidency” – particularly because of your “standout position” when it comes to legislation that forces Christian business owners – and others of faith – to either betray their conscience or lose their business.  How do you reconcile these contradictory positions?
  • You have built your campaign on lifting the economic outlook of lower-income Americans, yet you built your fortune in part on gambling, which preys on those very people.  How will you make America great when you’ve run businesses associated with increased crime, bankruptcies, broken marriages and suicides?
  • The first casino in the nation to add a strip club was Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, which boasts of “36,000 square feet of adult entertainment.”  What would you say to young girls and women who are concerned about a president who is directly connected with the exploitation of women?
  • As someone who claims to be a fiscal conservative, how do you justify your statements in support of a huge tax increase and government bailouts. Regarding the bank bailouts, you even stated: “I do agree with what they’re doing with the banks. Whether they fund them or nationalize them, it doesn’t matter, but you have to keep the banks going.”  Perhaps most concerning of all is your continued admiration for single-payer, government-run healthcare systems.  Please explain how this is consistent with the party of limited government?
  • One of your favorite campaign themes is that you are going to “run America” if elected. Considering our system of checks and balances, and especially in light of the last seven years of government by fiat, how will you demonstrate your respect for the U.S. Constitution and the limited power the Founding Fathers intended for the federal government in general, and the executive branch in particular?

Mr. Trump, we look forward to your response to these, and many other questions, affecting the lives of American families nationwide.

15 Responses

  1. Praise the Lord! Repent, sinners, and ye shall be saved! I’m glad the Republican Party supports my religion, because this is a Christian nation! Down with the Gays, down with the blacks, down with the Jews (they killed Jesus!)

  2. The Low Information Voters are on parade here, as usual. No one bothers to correct the assertion that the Constitution says anything about “the separation of church and state.” It doesn’t. That phrase was in a letter President Jefferson sent to the Danbury Baptists in 1805. Liberals do argue that the practice of religion, expressly permitted and protected by the Constitution, is the same as establishing religion, like the Church of England. It’s nuts, but it’s consistent with the liberal War on America.

  3. Mike Vereb is the most honorable politician I know and he’s not running for re-election this year because the GOPes became too intranched with all the wall street interests. Good Listenor, you are crazy if you think Gale won without the backing of the wall streeters. People are tired of the gridlock and want to see cooperation to get things done FOR THE PEOPLE! The GOPe’s in the state house can’t even honor a simple handlshake agreement! Trump and Mike are the same: the establishment hates them because they can’t handle the truth!!!

  4. Montco PA Dem-

    Trump doesn’t have the “majority” of Republican votes. Only around 25% to 30% (and that’s the primary voters who are far less moderate then general election republicans).

  5. Moderate R hit the nail on the head: “All the smart ones know better…” Plainly explains why Trump has the majority of Repub votes. There simply aren’t very many smart ones.

  6. Hold on, Vereb hardly had his pulse on the electorate last fall (see Gale, Joe), I doubt he has any better idea who the next president is. Although I could see why Trump would appeal to him in that their personalities are similar.

  7. Trump surely represents american family values: cheat on wife and family #1 with mistress , dump wife and family #1, marry mistress, start family #2, cheat on #2 with next mistress, dump family and wife #2 and form family #3 by marrying mistress. what a family values guy….

  8. Mike Vereb said it the best! Trump is telling it like it is and conservatives who are ruled by wall street have ruined the GOP in this country. We are done with establishment and bible beaters like Cruz. Go Trump! Vereb for Gov!

  9. If I understand this radical religious group’s position, Trump is not radically religious enough to insert religion (their religion, of course) into the fabric of govt at every turn. Hypocrisy, of course, raises its ugly head, as they also question how Trump can “run” the govt without violating the Constitution’s checks and balances schemes. Of course, their advocated insertion of THEIR version of religious values into govt also violates Constitution’s strictures of separation of church and state, but that seems not to occur to them.

  10. It’s embarrassing that the Republican Party is being branded by outliers who somehow support this sideshow of a candidate. Thankfully, all the smart ones know better.

  11. I’d love to know how any Republican is buying what Trump is selling. My best guess is that his hair piece has a hypnotic quality. I just try not to look at him.

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