After the Washington Post reported on leaked audio of Donald Trump bragging about kissing and groping women during a private conversation in 2005, pressure to among socially conservative Republicans to condemn the presidential candidate began to mount.
Yet evangelical leaders Jerry Falwell Jr. and Pat Robertson have stood by him, despite Trump's very un-Christian-like statements against women. This hypocrisy however, has been noted — by more than 1,000 Christian women leaders.
"Trump has not offered true repentance."
Faith in Public Life (FPL) a "strategy center for the faith community advancing faith in the public square as a powerful force for justice, compassion and the common good" in Washington, D.C. is taking a stand against Trump via petition, spearheaded by Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life Action Fund, Mother Jones reports.
The petition states that "the sin of misogyny has caused many of us to experience sexual assault or sexually abusive language that threatened our safety, dignity and well-being."
Butler says that Christian leaders can no longer accept Trump's meager apologies for what has described as "mere locker room talk." As she explains in an FPL press release:
"Women clergy and lay leaders are alarmed that Trump has dismissed his sexually abusive remarks as mere 'locker room' talk, and we are deeply troubled by the emerging evidence of him engaging in the behavior he described on his offensive tape.
When some Christian leaders dismiss or minimize sexually abusive remarks from a presidential candidate, they do violence to women -- particularly those recovering from abuse. Trump has not offered true repentance. Congregations must lead the way in denouncing such vile and violent behavior."
Some of the women who have signed the petition include prominent female Christians from authors to reverends. You can full the list here.
"Christian leaders cannot condone such violent speech about women as a minor mistake or an innocent attempt to be 'macho,'" Butler writes. "These excuses teach our young people that such language is acceptable and do further harm to those who have been abused."
Trump apologized for the comments on the same day the tape was released, saying "I've never said I was a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone I'm not. I've said and done things I regret, and the words released today on that more than a decade old video are one of them." However, he has also dismissed the comments as mere "locker room banter."