Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry is one of 20 Christian leaders from many denominations behind “Christians Against Christian Nationalism,” a group launched this week in support of the separation of church and state.

“Conflating religious authority with political authority is idolatrous and often leads to oppression of minority and other marginalized groups as well as the spiritual impoverishment of religion,” the group’s website states. “We must stand up to and speak out against Christian nationalism, especially when it inspires acts of violence and intimidation—including vandalism, bomb threats, arson, hate crimes, and attacks on houses of worship—against religious communities at home and abroad.”

The website says more than 5,000 Christians from around the country have signed the statement. Curry, one of 20 “endorsers,” provided the following statement for the website:

As followers of Jesus, his command to love our neighbors means neighbors of every type, of every faith, not just our own. Through our baptism and in our democracy, we are called to a way of love that creates a community in which the dignity of every human being is recognized and respected, and where all can have an equal say in the governing of our civic life. The violence, intimidation and distortion of scripture associated with “Christian nationalism” does not reflect the person and teachings of Jesus Christ, and so I stand with fellow leaders in the Christian community and call for a better way.

Also among the endorsers is the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, which is in full communion with the Episcopal Church.

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