Trump's policies and cabinet picks spark 'grave concerns' from Christian groups

Several Christian groups have voiced out "grave concerns" over U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks and policies including his promise to repeal Obamacare.

(REUTERS / Mike Segar)Donald Trump sits with U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 7, 2016.

On Jan. 6, the National Council of Churches and other Christian organizations released a statement expressing their objection to Trump's proposed policies and suggests the need for an immediate replacement for Obamacare if it is repealed. Citing Scripture, they said Christians ought to take care of those who are needy and vulnerable, Deseret News relays.

In addition, the organizations expressed deep concern over Trump's appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general, among other political picks. They also objected to Stephen Bannon as the next chief strategist and Michael Flynn as the country's security advisor.

"These objectionable nominees represent a bygone era of hatred that we have denounced and worked tirelessly to eradicate," the Christian groups said in the statement. "Their corrupted credentials, which include condoning and supporting racist, anti-Semitic, white supremacist, xenophobic, and anti-Muslim ideologies, are not only unacceptable but they should disqualify them for service as public officials."

During Sessions' confirmation before the Senate, two men clad in white supremacist group Ku Klux Klan's costumes interrupted the proceedings. The hearing was also marred by protests, with demonstrators chanting "No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!" Al Jazeera reports.

Sessions has been accused of having an anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant stance, charges that he has since denied. It is worth noting that his rise to federal judgeship was previously denied because of a testimony about him making racist comments.

Trump, on the other hand, defended his pick on Monday, describing Sessions as a "high-quality man."

Still, Sessions' appointment as attorney general has drawn criticism not only from the Christian community, but also from other faith-based organizations. Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism director Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner issued a statement on Monday asking the Senate to turn down Sessions' nomination.

Muslim Gold Star father Khizr Khan also sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing similar thoughts. Other groups that have vocally opposed Sessions' appointment as attorney general are the PICO National Network and Moral Mondays.

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