White House hosted a dinner for about 100 evangelical church leaders on Monday, August 27. The event was held specifically in the “honor of evangelical leadership.” This dinner being termed as ‘church camp meeting’was officially hosted by the First Lady Melania Trump. Among those who attended this event were prominent figures such as Franklin Graham, Greg Laurie, James Dobson etc.
Church leaders, evangelical pastors and activists who had been involved in advising the administration were present. At the same time, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar , Ambassador at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback and Secretary of Homeland Security Ben Carson. Before the dinner, the US President privately met with Jack Graham, Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr. and Tim Clinton from the American Association of Christian Counselors.
While addressing the guests at the dinner, President Trump said “We are here today 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. We’ve ended it.” He said that his administration had taken steps to uphold religious liberty opposing abortion or gay marriage and spoke for religion based persecution worldwide.
James Dobson, in a statement sent to Christian Post, said that event was “wonderful” and not like any of the events he had attended at the White House previously. “I have served five presidents in the past 38 years and this was perhaps the most exciting event in that time. The president spoke first and thanked us generously for the support we have given to him and his Administration since his inauguration. At least 15 ministers and leaders then rose to thank Mr. Trump for keeping his promises during the campaign and since his inauguration.”
“Great appreciation was expressed for defending the sanctity of human life, for preserving religious liberty, for the quality of judges appointed, for his defense of Israel, for his support of the military, for ending the Johnson Amendment that had denied the church freedom of speech, and many other issues for which we are grateful,” Dobson added.