‘Weep’ screed on Facebook: It’s time to take back our world
“The people are sick.
That was the reaction of hundreds of people gathered outside a Brooklyn church on Saturday morning, a day after Donald Trump’s election victory.
The sentiment came as the leader of the country’s largest Protestant denomination, the Episcopal Church, declared that “God’s love is not unconditional” and that it was “the time for us to take a stand against Donald Trump and the corrupt political establishment that he represents.”
Trump’s victory prompted the “Weep” movement to gather at the cathedral on Sunday to protest his victory, a protest organized by Rev. John Bostrom, a professor of bioethics at New York University.
Trump’s defeat prompted a similar rally, held in St. Paul, Minnesota.
But Bostram said the church has no plans to participate in either event.
“The church has never taken a position on political campaigns, and I don’t see why we should be involved in this election, because we know what is happening on the ground,” Bostroms told The Associated Press.
Bostropes said Trump’s win was a sign that America is “going to go in a direction of a more aggressive, authoritarian, authoritarian rule, not only in America, but around the world.”
The Rev. Andrew C. Withers, pastor of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, said Trump has “done us all a disservice” by “waging war on religious freedom and the civil rights of Americans” in the aftermath of the election.
He called on Christians to join in the protest.
“There is no better place to start than in our own country, where the country is on the verge of turning into a fascist dictatorship,” Wither, who has been pastor for 16 years, told the AP.
“And, yes, this is the beginning of a revolution, and we must not wait until it’s too late.”
The protest was the latest in a series of protests across the country, with demonstrations in New York City, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Washington and other cities.
Some churches are hosting gatherings and events on Sunday, including St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Washington, D.C., where the Rev. Matthew M. McConaughey, pastor for the past two years, said he has “never seen anything like this before.”
In New York, some churches held mass services and prayed for Trump’s loss.
“It’s not just a protest,” said the Rev