President Donald J. Trump will be in Miami, Florida on January 3 to launch to the ‘Evangelicals for Trump’ coalition. The event will bring together Evangelicals from across the nation who support President Trump’s re-election.
Next week’s event will follow on the heels of a controversial editorial from the magazine Christianity Today, calling for President trump to be impeached despite his strong pro-life record and extensive actions as president to protect the religious rights and freedoms of Christian Americans.
The magazine was founded by evangelical Billy Graham and his song Franklin Graham excoriated the publication after the editorial was released.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Graham revealed that the last vote his father cast was for Donald Trump. Graham wrote:
“My father knew Donald Trump, he believed in Donald Trump, and he voted for Donald Trump. He believed that Donald J. Trump was the man for this hour in history for our nation.”
Graham added this impeachment sham was “politically motivated, 100% partisan,” and he blasted CT, writing, “It’s obvious that Christianity Today has moved to the left and is representing the elitist liberal wing of evangelicalism.”
Leading pro-life advocates sided with Graham and against the CT editorial.
Former presidential candidate Gary Bauer wrote: “This once respected publication, which Billy Graham helped to launch, has just thrown its lot in with the aggressively secular, abortion on demand movement that has spent the last 20 years trying to rip America out of the rich soil of our Judeo-Christian heritage. Some Christmas present to their subscribers. Shame on them!”
And leading pro-life advocate Ryan Bomberger added: “Christianity Today, and many other liberal evangelical outlets, rightfully point out the moral failings in (select) elected leaders. Yet they often fail to apply the same standards to those on the Left, especially when those politicians are advocating issues that CT champions.”
He continued: “But where was the call for removal of President Barack Obama? For the first time in history, an American President keynoted a fundraising gala for the leading killer of those made in God’s image—Planned Parenthood.”
Most Christian voters still support President Trump despite attacks and impeachment from pro-abortion Democrats, so the president’s new coalition will be well-received.
After the editorial, over 200 evangelical leaders – including author Eric Metaxas, Ralph Reed (President of the Faith and Freedom Coalition) and George Wood (Chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship) – rebutted the column, saying “your editorial offensively questioned the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens-of-millions of believers who take seriously their civic and moral obligations.”
“We are, in fact, not ‘far-right’ evangelicals as characterized by the author [Galli],” the letter states.
“Rather, we are Bible-believing Christians and patriotic Americans who are simply grateful that our President has sought our advice as his administration has advanced policies that protect the unborn, promote religious freedom, reform our criminal justice system, contribute to strong working families through paid family leave, protect the freedom of conscience, prioritize parental rights, and ensure that our foreign policy aligns with our values while making our world safer, including through our support of the State of Israel.”
The letter added:
“We are not theocrats, and we recognize that our imperfect political system is a reflection of the fallen world within which we live, reliant upon the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is freely given to sinner and saint, alike.
“We are proud to be numbered among those in history who, like Jesus, have been pretentiously accused of having too much grace for tax collectors and sinners, and we take deeply our personal responsibility to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s – our public service.
“The editorial you published, without any meaningful and immediate regard for dissenting points of view, not only supported the entirely-partisan, legally-dubious, and politically-motivated impeachment but went even further, calling for Donald Trump not to be elected again in 2020 when he certainly survives impeachment.”
When it comes to pro-life issues, there are plenty of reasons for evangelicals and Christians to support Trump.
Trump has taken a number of important actions to protect unborn babies since he became president.
In one of his first acts as president, he reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits taxpayer funding to international groups that promote or provide abortions overseas. The change defunded Planned Parenthood’s international arm of about $100 million in U.S. tax dollars.
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Trump also repeatedly calls out the Democratic Party’s extreme position on abortion. During his state of the union address this year, Trump slammed the governors of New York and Virginia for promoting abortion up to birth and infanticide. He also called for Congress to pass a ban on late-term abortions on babies who are capable of feeling pain.
Trump and his administration have made a number of changes to protect those who morally object to abortions, expanding conscience protections for pro-life medical workers and increasing religious exemptions for Obamacare.
His administration also intervened to stop the United Nations from supporting abortion in a resolution about sexual violence. In 2018, under his leadership, the State Department removed references to the so-called “right” to abort an unborn baby from a global human rights report as well.
This spring, the administration also finalized a new Title X rule that requires health care entities to completely separate abortion from their taxpayer-funded services. Planned Parenthood lost about $60 million in taxpayer funding through the policy change.
Trump also has appointed dozens of conservative judges to federal courts, including two to the U.S. Supreme Court.