Monday evening President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump,and Vice President Mike Pence will host a huge event honoring the contributions made by Evangelical Christians. One reporter from a far right wing Christian news organization is comparing it to a state dinner. It is being billed as a dinner "celebrating evangelical leadership."
About 100 Evangelical Christians are expected to attend. Among them, a large number of Cabinet members, and other top Trump administration officials. The White House has not released a list of invited guests, nor any agenda.
"Looking forward to celebrating with President Trump and the First Lady his unprecedented accomplishments in less than two years," Fox News pundit and right wing pastor Robert Jeffresstells David Brody at Pat Robertson's CBN News.
"President Trump is the most pro-life, pro-religious liberty, and pro-conservative judiciary president in history which is why evangelicals continue to support him enthusiastically," Jeffress, a top member of Trump's Evangelical advisory board, added.
The Texas pastor notably has labeled the Mormon faith a "cult." Catholics he says were led astray by "Satan." He also says Islam is an "evil religion." And he has repeatedly attacked LGBT people, calling homosexuality dirty and linking it to disease, pedophilia, alcoholism, depression, and suicide.
President Trump's Cabinet holds weekly Bible study meetings led by a pastor who was deemed "not biblically qualified for spiritual leadership" by his own congregation. Among its regular attendees are Vice President Mike Pence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Enjoy this piece?
… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.
It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.
Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.