January 25 – January 25, 2018
July 21, 2017
San Felipe del Progresso, Mexico
An open letter to President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC, USA
Your “Wall” brought us together, 200 of us, Baptist Christians of all ages, Mexicans and Americans, but also Canadians and Cubans, Caribbeans, South and Central Americans. Your having proclaimed this despicable “Wall,” we had to cross it.
We had to embrace each other and proclaim to you and the world our brother and sisterhood. Those of us from “El Norte” had to come to the joyous side of your “Wall” for some genuine rejoicing.
Yet you have come with us, uninvited. Despite our raucous celebration at finding each other, we could not shake off the heavy cloud of your sinister spirit, your sinister intentions and directives, the malignancy of your obscene self-regard.
One of us, from Ohio, learned while here that you had snatched his Latino friend from his home and family of five children, deporting him to Mexico. Here! Before your campaign of slander against Mexicans, he lived for 18 years as a productive neighbor and taxpayer. He is an American! In Mexico he is alone, bereft of community and family.
From where we stand, Disciples of Jesus from both sides of your infamous “Wall,” we understand your ecological recklessness, your abdication of public responsibility for healthcare, your exploitive attitude toward all who are marginalized, your contempt toward the sources of true knowledge, and your “Wall” itself are exactly the opposite of God’s surely coming future.
Most people in the world are by US standards, poor; millions, even in the US, extremely poor. In our faith in God, we are awakened to the knowledge that to stand with the poor, especially the extremely poor, is the only place that we can stand.
Therefore, as culmination of our miraculous week together, we proclaim to you and to the world that your “Wall” does not exist, except in the dregs of evil imagination and the dribble of ugly useless fences strung up along the border. And it is our resistant commitment that it never will exist, that the ugly fences will come down, and that the US-Mexican border will become the symbol not of our division, but of our eternal bond.
George Williamson, Founding President
Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America ~ Bautistas por la Paz
Signed by 97 attendees of the 2017 BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz annual Summer Conference.