Sufjan Stevens posted another open letter to his website this week addressing the current unrest of America’s political climate.
The letter — penned as a “friendly reminder” — asserts that the United States is not a “Christian nation.” He reminds readers that though Americans pledge allegiance “under God,” this does not qualify the country as a Christian one. “For God has no political boundary. God is love, period,” Stevens writes. “God is universal, nameless, faceless, and with no allegiance to anything other than love.”
His discourse acts as a continuation of his last letter, which denounced President Donald Trump’s immigration ban — as well as its supporters — stating, “Christ would be ashamed of us all.”
The role of religion within the politics of the executive order has been highly controversial, as the ban directly impedes people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Stevens further argues against those purporting a Christian-nation agenda — as well as corporate greed he believes is playing a role.
“This goes against everything the world has taught you, and it goes against your instinct and it most certainly goes against the laws of free enterprise and corporate interests,” Stevens writes. “Money and power and governments are fraudulent and false gods. We must be in the world, not of the world.”
On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a freeze on Trump’s ban.
Read Stevens’ full letter below: