A letter from over 700 Christian women this week admonished religious leaders who continue to support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after he bragged about groping women without their permission.
Many male evangelical leaders — like Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins and James Dobson — have only doubled down on their support of Trump in light of recent allegations that he has abused at least nine women.
The Christian Post reported on Monday that over 700 Christian women had come forward to speak out against the GOP nominee and the church leaders who support him.
“As Christian women we are appalled by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s recorded remarks that disparage women and condone sexual assault. Such language cannot be dismissed as ‘locker room talk,'” the letter states. “The sin of misogyny has caused many of us to experience sexual assault or sexually abusive language that threatened our safety, dignity and well-being.”
The letter goes on to call out “Christian leaders” who “condone such violent speech about women as a minor mistake or an innocent attempt to be ‘macho.'”
“We urge all religious leaders to preach, teach and help their communities heal from the twin sins of sexual violence and misogyny,” the women conclude. “While we are disheartened by Mr. Trump’s toxic words, we believe this moment presents an opportunity to teach our daughters and sons that they are loved, and to teach all Americans how to speak out against sexually violent language.”
Included in the more than 700 signatories are Faith in Public Life CEO Rev. Jennifer Butler, author Rachel Held Evans and author Jennifer Crumpton.
As Five Thirty Eight noted recently, elected Republican women have been twice as likely as Republican men to unendorse Trump in response to groping claims the candidate made in a leaked Access Hollywood video.