Will and Jada Pinkett Smith: Petition against article

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The organisers of the National Day of Prayer have asked fans to sign a petition aimed at shuttering an opinion piece by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

The petition says the controversial piece contained false and defamatory claims about the ministry and quotes from scripture that were inappropriate.

The Pinkett Smiths founded nonprofit programme the Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Foundation.

The Hollywood power couple have recently become involved in a range of causes.

In their article for The Hollywood Reporter, they described their religious faith, in the face of US White House support for abortion, and described a “post-Christian” America.

“We’ve become so conditioned to believe that if you disagree with anything that President Trump’s tweeting, that’s who we should trust – that the President of the United States is telling us that we’re all fucked,” Will Smith, 54, said.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The petition is calling for the piece to be taken down

The couple said religion and Hollywood were increasingly on the outs.

“There has been a definite shift away from Jesus Christ, who once lifted up, spoke up for and loved oppressed people, and all of us who took that message to the heart of our nation,” they said.

The petition, started by Michelle and Ron Taylor, seeks to prevent “false and defamatory claims against the National Day of Prayer by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith”.

It claims the husband and wife sat down to write the article together and that they “no longer hold their public stances or beliefs at arm’s length”.

The petition is also asking the magazine’s publisher, Billboard Media Group, to “remove all offensive online content”.

The couple’s Oscars co-star, Jennifer Hudson, has also signed the petition, as have anti-Trump evangelical televangelist Scott Lively and Stand with Standing Rock Sioux tribal member Faith Heredia.

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