In the wake of Donald Trump’s incendiary comments about barring Muslims entry into the U.S., there has been a growing tide of organizations and individuals seeking to cut ties with the real estate tycoon and presidential hopeful. The latest organization to attempt to cut ties with “The Donald” is none other than Rutgers Presbyterian, a church which is part of the Christian denomination claimed by Donald Trump.
According to the progressive publication Thinkprogress, Donald Trump’s consistent claims to be a member of the Queens Presbytery has been a source of considerable embarrassment and discomfort to the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. It is well known that the denomination has publicly come out in support of gay marriage and other liberal policies. Additionally, the church as a whole has publicly committed to assisting the proposed intake of Syrian refugees. Both of these positions are directly opposed to Donald Trump’s positions and statements.
— Rutgers Presbyterian (@rutgerschurchny) December 9, 2015
The church issued a statement Wednesday denouncing Trump’s comments as un-Christian and inconsistent with the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. They also announced their intention to attempt to expel Donald Trump from the Presbyterian faith. Presbyterians have a mechanism for expulsion that is similar to the Catholic practice of excommunication. An entity or individual within the church can make a complaint against a member which leads to judicial proceedings. Depending on the outcome of these proceedings, the member may then be expelled from the church. This would effectively mean that Trump would no longer have access to church services and sacraments, and would also put paid to any connection Donald Trump’s campaign might seek to establish with the Presbyterian denomination.
It is still, however, possible for the Presbyterians to speak out in condemnation against anything they consider to be counter to their beliefs and teachings, and it seems that Rutgers Presbyterian’s announcement is at least, in part, aiming to do just that. Rutgers Presbyterian is part of the same parishional division, or Presbytery, as the Jamaica Queens church which Trump claims as his first congregation.
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