On July 30, the Washington National Cathedral released a statement strongly condemning the rhetoric of President Donald Trump. This was before the most recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton and in the context of Trump's inflammatory remarks about Rep. Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore as well as earlier remarks about four U.S. congresswomen of color.
The statement was titled "Have We No Decency: A Response to President Trump," and it was meant to recall the tipping point when the inflammatory anti-communism of Senator Joseph McCarthy was finally challenged by some of his fellow senators and a few brave members of the press.
We talked with the rector of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Sebastopol for local reaction to the story. Rev. Christy Laborda Harris supported the national statement, and has used her own pulpit to encourage the president to modify his anti-immigrant and racist rhetoric. She began by reading from the National Cathedral's statement.
(Photo: Christy Laborda Harris, Rector, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Sebastopol. Credit: Steve Mencher)
(Photo: President Donald Trump with his wife and predecessors at the Washington National Cathedral for the funeral of President George W. Bush Credit: White House photo)