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Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Canterbury criticize Trump’s policies

February 03, 2017

In a joint radio appearance, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster and the head of the Church of England criticized President Donald Trump’s policies, which they both characterized as rooted in fear.

“Policies that are based in fear rather than confidence and courage and Christian values of hospitality, of love, of grace, of embrace rather than exclusion, are policies that will lead to terrible results,” said Cardinal Nichols. “To identify a whole people, a whole nation or a whole religion as the enemy is a desperate road to go down.”

Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury said, “If I had the opportunity to engage with [Trump], and to debate with him, I would consider it a great privilege to try to persuade him to change his views. I would be glad to have the opportunity to seek to persuade him that what he’s doing, the way this is going, is out of fear.”


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  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Feb. 04, 2017 9:40 AM ET USA

    Neither of them seem to understand. Hasn't Britain shut off refugees? If you see a viper you step back in fear till you figure a way around. When someone knocks on your door, you don't just let him in without a check of who he is and what he wants. They should give their advice to the Turks or the Egyptians. We have enough criminals running around the US without an indiscriminate open door.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 04, 2017 2:27 AM ET USA

    Trump's policies are not rooted in fear. On the contrary, they are rooted in responsibility and defiance of the prevailing world order. Trump's leadership style contrasts with the last White House office holder. Trump is demonstrating how a U.S. leader needs to be ahead of other contenders for the position of sovereign governance, rather than leading from behind, as the previous fellow is said to have done. Calling Trump a coward will only buoy up his resolve to lead with boldness and truth.