American faith leaders have called on newly inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump to appoint a “National Commission for Healing” to help mend the political, racial, and religious divisions that have torn the country.
In an op-ed published on Fox News on Jan. 13, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference president Rev. Samuel Rodriguez as well as Rabbis Yitzchok Adlerstein and Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center lamented the anxiety and division that the political campaign left in its wake. They said the country was hoping for a smooth transition between the former and the new administration.
The three faith leaders then urged President Trump to sign an executive order to appoint a National Commission for Healing to give people the chance to be heard and as part of a bid to once again inspire unity among Americans.
Rodriguez, Adlerstein, and Cooper suggested that Vice President Mike Pence could be the chairperson of the National Commission for Healing, which in turn would meet regularly for at least a year before deciding to renew or not. The proposed Commission, which they said should be composed of trusted leaders from various groups and appointed by Trump, would serve as an avenue where people who feel neglected can air out their grievances.
In addition, the National Commission for Healing would deal with the hatred, bigotry, tension and distrust that are blocking communication lines among American citizens. The three faith leaders said these issues will only grow bigger unless they are addressed.
Unless those who did not vote for Trump are given a signal that the new administration is willing to hear from all kinds of people, extremism cannot be defeated. The proposed commission, according to the faith leaders, will serve as that signal.
As of now, the Trump administration has not yet approved the National Commission for Healing. Nevertheless, NHCLC executive vice president Tony Suarez told The Blaze that the healing has already started and that the proposed commission is already in the works.
Suarez previously mentioned that he thinks the Trump administration is “very open to the healing and to working with people.” However, he also said people whose opinions differ from Trump’s should likewise be willing to do the same.
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