Monday evening President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump,and Vice President Mike Pence will host a huge event honoring the contributions made by Evangelical Christians. One reporter from a far right wing Christian news organization is comparing it to a state dinner. It is being billed as a dinner "celebrating evangelical leadership."
About 100 Evangelical Christians are expected to attend. Among them, a large number of Cabinet members, and other top Trump administration officials. The White House has not released a list of invited guests, nor any agenda.
"Looking forward to celebrating with President Trump and the First Lady his unprecedented accomplishments in less than two years," Fox News pundit and right wing pastor Robert Jeffress tells David Brody at Pat Robertson's CBN News.
"President Trump is the most pro-life, pro-religious liberty, and pro-conservative judiciary president in history which is why evangelicals continue to support him enthusiastically," Jeffress, a top member of Trump's Evangelical advisory board, added.
The Texas pastor notably has labeled the Mormon faith a "cult." Catholics he says were led astray by "Satan." He also says Islam is an "evil religion." And he has repeatedly attacked LGBT people, calling homosexuality dirty and linking it to disease, pedophilia, alcoholism, depression, and suicide.
President Trump's Cabinet holds weekly Bible study meetings led by a pastor who was deemed "not biblically qualified for spiritual leadership" by his own congregation. Among its regular attendees are Vice President Mike Pence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.