Reverand AR Barnard leaves over conflict with Trump
Rev. A.R. Bernard, who leads the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, has resigned from President Trump’s evangelical council. The religious leader cited conflicts in values between the two parties as his major reason for resigning.
My statement regarding my resignation from the President's Evangelical Advisory Board. pic.twitter.com/Ocae6SQxjZ
— A. R. Bernard (@ARBernard) August 18, 2017
The 64-year-old is a former financier and the founder of the Christian Cultural Center located in Brooklyn. Rev. A.R. Bernard released a statement on Friday afternoon via Twitter. In the statement, he portrayed himself as an individual who was not willing to serve the council under the current political and social climate. He stated that he was willing to serve the evangelical council in order to have a hand in shaping the future of the United States of America on issues of faith. The statement went on to state that the Reverend distanced himself with the administration a few months ago when he submitted his formal letter of resignation.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 18, 2017
Following the events of the white supremacists march in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump’s belated and half-hearted denunciation of the hate groups didn’t serve him well. His comments cost him the support of numerous business leaders and fellow Republicans. In addition to this, a large group of nonprofit foundations made public their intentions of canceling future planned fundraising events that were to be hosted at Mr. Trump’s luxurious Mar-a-Lago resort.
Apart from Rev. A.R. Bernard, president Trump’s religious advisors have been silent following his Charlottesville remarks. This has made the American public to view the religious leaders’ actions as an indicator of their willingness to stand by the president.
A quick comparison of previous tenures of Obama and Bill Clinton highlight that the evangelical council did not hesitate criticizing and calling out the former presidents. This has led to the councils’ silence on President Trump’s actions to be a publicly noted spectacle.