President Trump recently invited America’s leading evangelical pastors and leaders to the White House for a special dinner.
The media took exception to this event and attacked the president for catering to Christians … and for using a single word during his talk with them.
The left went ballistic over this word…
Here are 7 things you should know about this meeting:
- About 100 evangelical leaders attended the dinner.
Some of the well-known Christian leaders were:
- James Dobson
- Richard Lamb
- Reverend Franklin Graham
- Reverend Lonny Floyd
- Gary Bower
- Greg Laurie
- Also in attendance from the Trump administration:
- First Lady Melania Trump
- Jared and Ivanka Kushner
- Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen
- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson
- Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
- Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback
- Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway
- Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
- President Trump gave a formal introduction to everyone in attendance.
“We’re here this evening to celebrate America’s heritage of faith, family and freedom. As you know, in recent years, the government tried to undermine religious freedom. But the attacks on communities of faith are over… Unlike some before us, we are protecting your religious liberty,” he said.
“In the last 18 months along, we have stopped the Johnson Amendment from interfering with your First Amendment rights… We’ve taken action to defend the religious conscience of doctors, nurses, teachers, students, preachers, faith groups, and religious employers…
“We reinstated the Mexico City Policy [President Reagan] first put into place… We proposed regulations to prevent Title X taxpayer funding from subsidizing abortion. I was the first president to stand in the Rose Garden to address the March for Life…
“My administration has strongly spoken out against religious persecution around the world, including the persecution of Christians… We’ve recognized the capital of Israel and opened the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem…
“Every day we’re standing for religious believers, because we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of American life. And we know that freedom is a gift from our Creator…
“Together, we will uplift our nation in prayer, defend the sanctity of life, and forever proudly remain one nation under God.”
- At this extraordinary gathering, President Trump also shared his heart a number of times with attendees.
This is where he got in trouble with the media.
In casual conversation, Trump warned of the consequences of losing control of Congress in the November midterm elections.
“They will overturn everything that we’ve done, and they’ll do it quickly and violently, and violently,” he said.
“When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups, these are violent people.”
- The media seized on the word “violently” and turned it into the word “violence.”
Notice that Trump didn’t use the word “violence” … that word doesn’t go with the word “quickly.”
The media likes to twist President Trump’s words and turn them into different words … and then isolate the changed words from their context.
They made it sound as if Trump was predicting civil war if the Democrats took control of Congress in the midterm elections … and that the “violence” would be committed by his own supporters.
- Halfway through the dinner, President Trump stood up and did something extraordinary.
He asked anyone who wanted to, to come up and say a few words to the gathering.
And they did.
And most of them, being preachers, preached. They shared their hearts and their minds…
They encouraged the president … they prayed for him and for his family…
And they prayed for you and me.
- The politicians, the media and the Deep State bureaucrats attacked the event before, during and after.
But it certainly was an open door to the Christian community … which I thank the president for.
At least two progressive news outlets accused the president of “falsely” telling the Christian leaders that he had “revoked a law prohibiting charities and churches from giving formal political endorsements” – a reference to the Johnson Amendment.
Technically, a president can’t unilaterally “revoke” a law passed by Congress.
But to claim that President Trump spoke untruthfully is splitting hairs…
He took the teeth out of the Johnson Amendment by issuing an executive order directing the IRS to not punish churches for endorsing political candidates – just as former President Obama took the teeth out of U.S. immigration law with his DACA executive order.
The media attacked the event … the prayers … and the fact that President Trump has Christian support.
In all, this was an unusual and powerful way for the president to reach out to Christians, tell them what he’s done, and ask for their prayers.
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