SILVER SPRING, Md. — Leaders at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists were quick to condemn a call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the US” by billionaire US presidential candidate Donald Trump.
In a press conference addressing Trump’s appeal, the GC called his words “divisive, backwards and completely ignorant of the incredibly positive contributions of millions of upstanding human beings affected by such discriminatory rhetoric.”
In response to a reporter’s question about whether the narrowness of Trump’s rhetoric bore any resemblance to church leaders’ stances that led to the “total and complete shutdown of sanctioned women’s ordination,” GC spokesperson Del Uhshanal was careful to point out that the anti-women’s ordination GC San Antonio vote last summer simply barred world divisions of the church from allowing women’s ordination in their regions.
After repeated follow-up questions from the same reporter wanting to know if the net effect of the women’s ordination decision did not boil down to ignoring the “proven ability of upstanding women to make incredibly positive contributions to ministry,” Ushanal discovered an urgent meeting to which he was late.
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