A leader of the Southern Baptist Convention denounced Donald Trump's Monday statement to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. in light of heightened concerns terrorists may enter the U.S. as refugees.
"Anyone who cares an iota about religious liberty should denounce this reckless, demagogic rhetoric," Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, said Monday in a statement.
In the blog post, Moore said a government that can ban Muslims on the basis of religious beliefs would also have the power to target other groups, like evangelical Christians and any form of religious discrimination — even during a time of heightened security — ammounts to constitutionally unfair treatment of people.
"We must never lose in a time of war precious freedoms purchased through the blood of patriots in years past. We must have security and we must have order. But we must not trade soul freedom for an illusion of winning," said Moore.
The Southern Baptist Convention instead urged the U.S. government to fight radical Islamic jihadism to its best ability.
The organization is the country's largest Protestant denomination with 15.8 million members in 46,000 churches.