Evangelical leaders to have a closed door meeting with Donald Trump
A private, by-invitation-only event is being organized in New York for next month, where Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election, would be meeting with around 400 Christian and social conservative leaders from around the nation.
The event organizers include president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, head of the group United in Purpose, Bill Dallas, and former presidential candidate Ben Carson. The only organizer who endorsed Trump in the Republican primary is Carson. Many of the leaders who are slated to attend the meeting are people who not only refused to support Trump in the Republican primaries but also spoke against him and his policies, publicly.
According to Perkins, the main goal of the meeting is to have an honest conversation with Trump to better understand what he has to offer America. He and the other religious leaders want to support a Presidential candidate who has the ability to turn this nation around. Ronnie Floyd, president of Southern Baptist Convention, in an interview given to Fox News, said that most of the Southern Baptists, including himself, are still trying to figure out Donald Trump. So far, no one has endorsed Trump, neither have they condemned him.
The meeting is all about getting a clear picture on what to do in the coming election. It is about religious freedom, and it is about the dignity of human life from birth till death. Floyd further said that he is not planning to just sit at home and be mute about everything. He is accountable to God, as well as to his fellow Americans.
One of the issues that all of the Christian denominations, as well as a lot of social organizations, have with Donald Trump is his take on abortion. Last April, Trump made a statement that he would change the Republican platform, if he becomes the President, to allow abortion in cases of rape, incest, and threats to the mother's life. Trump's tone towards women, his statement that he never asked God for forgiveness, and his stand on immigrants are some of the other topics that would most probably come up during the meeting.
The fact Trump has received support of so-called "evangelicals" reflects poorly on what what their "evangelical" Leaders have taught.
— Free bird (@TearsInHeaven09) May 25, 2016
Perkins has confirmed that Trump will be taking questions from the religious leaders and that he will not be making a speech during the meeting. Most of the Christian leaders have made it clear that they would like to know the potential nominees for the Supreme Court and the possible candidates for the vice-presidency, so it is something that would definitely come up during the meeting.
400 mostly skeptical evangelical leaders will meet with Trump in NYC in coming weeks. https://t.co/T9trc79UG7
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) May 21, 2016
A few of the expected leaders to be present in the meeting include Megachurch pastors Ed Young and Jack Graham, Kelly Shackleford of First Liberty, Ralph Reed of Faith and Freedom Coalition, and Bob Vander Plaats of Family Leader.