500 Evangelical Leaders To Meet Donald Trump To Test His Faith, Values

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As many as 500 top evangelical and social
conservative leaders, including Dr. Ben Carson
and Tony Perkins, will have a closed-door
meeting with Donald Trump on June 21 in New
York City to ascertain what he has to offer to
the country.

“Our goal is to be able to have a conversation
that could lead to a better understanding of
what Donald Trump has to offer to the
country,” said Family Research Council
President Tony Perkins, according to Fox News, which says Trump has agreed to meet with the evangelical and social conservative
leaders.

Perkins, along with Bill Dallas of United in
Purpose, worked with former Republican
candidate Carson, who has endorsed Trump, to
arrange the meeting.

“I want to be actively supportive of a candidate
who can help turn this nation around. With
Trump – I’m not there yet. I hope to be there –
but I’m not there right now,” Perkins told Fox
News’ Todd Starnes.

Those leading the efforts include Southern
Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd,
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson,
Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Ralph Reed,
Penny Nance of Concerned Women for
America, Bob McEwen, Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association, Kelly Shackleford
of First Liberty, American Values President Gary
Bauer, Family Leader President Bob Vander
Plaats, and megachurch pastors Jack Graham
and Ed Young.

“There is no preconceived outcome here,”
Perkins added. “I’m hoping we can have a
conversation that could lead to helping
conservative leaders make a decision about
what to do in this election.”

SBC’s Floyd said the meeting will help Christians
share their hearts with Trump. “None of us
have endorsed Mr. Trump, nor have we
condemned Mr. Trump,” he was quoted as
saying. “This is about the possibility of being
able to appoint the next four Supreme Court justices. This is about the dignity of human life
from the womb to the tomb. This is about
religious freedom. I’m not about to sit at home
and not express something. I’m accountable to
God and I believe I’m accountable to my fellow
Americans.”

On Friday, Trump also sent a two-minute video message to the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in California.

“We’re going to take care of minority
unemployment. It’s a huge problem. It’s really
unfair to minorities and we are going to solve
that problem and it’s going to be solved once
and for all,” Trump said in the video. “We’re
going to bring back jobs. You’re going to start paying taxes after you make a lot of money.
Hopefully that’s going to be soon. We’re going
to make great, great trade deals. So important.”

He continued, “We’re going to stop drugs from
pouring into our country. We’re going to
strengthen our country. People are going to
come into our country, but they’re going to
come in through a process. They’ll come in
legally but we’re going to stop the drugs and we are going to curb our debt.”

Trump added, “We’re going to take care of you.
We’re going to work with you. You’re going to
be very happy. You’re going to like President
Trump.”

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