Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the NHCLC Responds to the NAACP’s “So-Called Travel Advisory” for Florida

Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), issues the following statement in response to the NAACP’s “so-called travel advisory” for Florida:

“We can only draw one reasonable conclusion from the so-called travel advisory issued by the NAACP for the State of Florida. The once venerable NAACP has fully surrendered its moral voice to brazen, partisan hackery. Rather than using its platform to actually hold politicians to account, it is prostituting its influence to advance an insane political agenda. Instead of being ashamed of itself, the NAACP should just read the room: plenty of people of color, beginning with Latinos, actually want their religious freedom, parental rights and dignity intact. They will not stand by while politicians trade the future of their children on the altar of woke, political expediency. Many members of America’s Black churches and Latino churches thank God every day that they live in the free state of Florida.”



Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization with U.S. churches and many additional churches spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. Rodriguez stands recognized by CNN, FOX News, Univision and Telemundo as America’s most influential Latino/Hispanic faith leader. Charisma magazine named him one of the 40 leaders who changed the world. The Wall Street Journal named him one of the top 12 Latino leaders — the only faith leader on that list. He has been named among the “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America” (Newsmax 2018) and nominated as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” (TIME 2013). Rodriguez is regularly featured in CNN, Fox News, Univision, PBS, Christianity Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many others.

Rodriguez was the first Latino to deliver the keynote address at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church and is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Congress of Racial Equality.

Rodriguez has advised Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump and frequently consults with Congress advancing immigration and criminal justice reform as well as religious freedom and pro-life initiatives. By the grace of God, Rev. Rodriguez is one of the few individuals to have participated in the inauguration ceremonies of two different Presidents representing both political parties.

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