Withdraw Olivet Nazarene University from Inaugural Parade

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Dear Dr. Bowling and Olivet administrators,

It was recently announced that the Olivet Nazarene University marching band has been scheduled to participate in the upcoming inaugural parade for President-elect Trump.

Sadly, President-elect Trump has consistently articulated and advocated policies that undermine the Christian commitments of communities like Olivet.  His well-documented sexism, his political alliances with white supremacists, and his hostility towards immigrants and refugees are just a few positions incompatible with Christian teachings in general and the Nazarene message of holiness in particular.

Any university presence at the inauguration would suggest toleration or, even worse, endorsement of the President-elect’s objectionable attitudes on these and other issues.  Such a presence is simply unacceptable.  

We call on you to decline this and any other invitations to participate in President-elect Trump’s inaugural festivities.  We make this request not out of partisan opposition.  Both educational and religious organizations should be capable of holding differing political opinions within the bonds of community.  Yet, conservatives and liberals alike acknowledge that President-elect Trump has demeaned and alienated many, with little or no effort made towards reconciliation.  For Olivet to embody the faith it proclaims, we have a responsibility to stand with those marginalized by the President-elect’s divisive rhetoric rather than march in celebration of it.  

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