Faith Leaders Ask President-elect Trump to Appoint a Commission for National Healing

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On Monday we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the date our government has set aside to remember America’s most revered civil rights champion. During the movement that consumed much of the national conversation throughout the 1950s and 1960s, many men and women fought diligently for total equality for the African American community, but no one fought harder than MLK. And he paid for his cause with his life.

King was a pastor, and was proudly devout in his Christian faith. He made it the hallmark and anchor of his reasons for seeking equality. “We must keep God in the forefront,” he once declared. “Let us be Christian in all our actions.”

Just as America was bitterly divided back then, so has last year’s contentious election once again pitted many diverse groups against each other. America now needs faith leaders like MLK to assume the mantle of unifying the country.

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, is one of those leaders. He, along with Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, just issued a public plea on Fox News to President-elect Trump encouraging him to create a Commission for National Healing.

“Healing only begins when people are given a chance to be heard,” argue the authors of the opinion piece. “It has worked before, and is well worth the attempt.”

The authors remind the President-elect of the time when President Abraham Lincoln found himself with the task of bringing unity to the country after the devastating Civil War. “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds,” said Lincoln in his second inaugural address.

If appointed, a Commission for National Healing could be the first step to bridging the divides our nation is facing today.