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Bishop Michael Curry leads anti-Trump protest

by Tola Mbakwe

The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, who preached a sermon about the power of love at Prince Harry and Meghan's royal wedding on Saturday, shared a similar message to an audience in Washington DC on Thursday. 

"Love the neighbour you like and love the neighbour you don't like. Love the neighbour you agree with and the neighbour you don't agree with," he said at National City Christian Church.

"Love your Democrat neighbour, your Republican neighbour. Your black neighbour and your white neighbour, your Anglo neighbour, your Latino, your LGBTQ neighbour."

Following the service, Bishop Michael as well as other church leaders and protesters marched peacefully with candles to Lafayette Square - a park facing the White House.

They formed a prayer circle and read a declaration which called for Christians to reject the "growing attacks on immigrants and refugees who are being made into cultural and political targets".

"We believe two things are at stake: the soul of the nation, and the integrity of faith," they said.

"We reject 'America First' as a theological heresy for followers of Christ. While we share a patriotic love for our country, we reject xenophobic or ethnic nationalism that places one nation over others as a political goal.

"We reject the resurgence of white nationalism and racism in our nation on many fronts, including the highest levels of political leadership."

More than 2,000 people were in attendance.

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