Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Falwell Endorses Trump; Other Evangelical Leaders Quickly Object

Donald Trump's presidential campaign announced yesterday that Trump has received the endorsement of Jerry Falwell, Jr. who is president of Liberty University and is the son of the late televangelist Jerry Falwell, Sr.  In endorsing Trump, Falwell called him  "a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again." According to the Washington Post, this is part of Trump's recent attempt to appeal to religious voters:
On the campaign trail in Iowa, he now begins rallies with a prayer. In Sioux City and Pella, the prayer was offered by Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress. And on Sunday, Trump attended a Presbyterian service where he met with churchgoers and posed for pictures.
Politico reports however:
Jerry Falwell Jr.’s endorsement of Donald Trump on Tuesday was swiftly met with a backlash from other Christian conservatives sounding the alarm about what they see as a dangerous candidate with questionable morals.
John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council said: "The late Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. would be rolling over in his grave if he knew the son who bore his name had endorsed the most immoral and ungodly man to ever run for President of the United States."