Statement on Stephen Bannon's Appointment as Chief Strategist

Approved by the CLUE Board, November 15, 2016

“By Your light do we see light.”
- Psalms 36:10

“Zion will be redeemed by justice; her repentant ones by righteousness.”
-Isaiah 1:27

A mere week after a minority of Americans voted for his ascension to the Presidency in January, Donald Trump has chosen among his closest advisors the entirely politically-inexperienced executive chairman of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon, as Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor in the new administration.

Mr. Bannon has a history of hatred toward many, especially women, LGBT people, and Jews, who now feel less safe due to the President-elect’s appointment.  Bannon’s violent posture toward women includes charges of misdemeanor domestic violence, intimidation against a witness, and battery of his wife.  He once said that if it weren’t for the Women’s Movement, the women who will lead this country "wouldn’t be a bunch of dykes that came from the 7 Sisters schools.”  His hatred toward Jews through the words of his allegedly battered ex-wife: “He said that he doesn’t like Jews and that he doesn’t like the way they raise their kids to be ‘whiney brats’ and that he didn't want the girls going to school with Jews.”  Through the Breitbart News, he has published headlines such as “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy,” “There’s No Hiring Bias Against Women in Tech, They Just Suck At Interviews,” and “World Health Organization Report: Trannies 49xs Higher HIV Rate.” He has dismissed the voice of wide swaths of the nation, saying “They’re either a victim of race. They’re victim of their sexual preference. They’re a victim of gender. All about victimhood and the United States is the great oppressor, not the great liberator.”

For twenty years, CLUE has provided a faith-based protective shield against hate and disenfranchisement.  CLUE’s diverse religious leaders, both clergy and laity, oppose the ravages of racism, the degradation of women’s and LGBT rights, disenfranchisement of Black and Brown community members, fear-mongering against Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian people, anti-Semitism, and devaluation of the inherent worth, dignity and economic rights of any people.  Our recent board-approved Statement Regarding the Election of the President states our demand, that “President-elect Trump not do anything which will roll back the hard won rights of workers, immigrants, AMEMSA community members, LGBTQ individuals, women, and people of color.”  This appointment directly insults this statement and our mission “to accompany workers and their families for good jobs, dignity and justice.”

We denounce President-elect Trump’s selection of Stephen Bannon and demand that he withdraw this appointment, which sends a reprehensible signal of his intent to terrorize and commit acts of violence against our communities.


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