One of President Donald Trump’s evangelical advisers — Johnnie Moore — has no intention of leaving his post on the White House faith advisory board.
So some have wondered why none of Trump’s Christian advisers have done the same:
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) August 16, 2017
“We believe it would be immoral to resign,” Moore told NPR. “Because, as faith leaders, we have been given an opportunity to speak directly to various members of the administration, to provide not just policy council, but personal council.”
He went on to say the panel is “personally involved” in the lives of those in the White House and are daily “praying for all these people, answering their questions.”
Then in an interview with faith-centered UK publication Premier, Moore defended Trump, saying, “He could have said any possible thing, and people would have predetermined their opinions.”
Moore, an author and a humanitarian, said he doesn’t know “how many times you have to condemn white supremacy and racism and neo-Nazism and white nationalism before people take you at your word.”
The White House made some mistakes, though, Moore admitted.
“I think there were lots and lots of mistakes over the last few days,” he said, “but I also think there were attempts to take a terrible tragedy — bigotry in its egregious form — and to use it for political reasons and that’s equally deserving of criticism.”
Moore said Trump is “certainly guilty of being insensitive,” but he placed the blame for the tragic violence that unfolded on everyone’s shoulders.
The violence in the Virginia college town came to a head on Saturday when James Fields Jr., 20, plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring dozens more.
“Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, religious people and those who aren’t religious, politicians, activists, the administration and the media included — all of us responded in unhelpful ways, too emotionally, insensitively,” Moore asserted.
Trump was criticized for not being strong enough in his initial statement on the Charlottesville rioting, which was led by KKK sympathizers, neo-Nazis and white nationalists. In a Sunday statement, he blamed “many sides” for the violence.
After facing a deluge of critique — from Democrats and Republicans — Trump specifically rebuked hate groups on Monday, calling them “repugnant.”
For what it’s worth, 52 percent of Americans said the president’s response was “not strong enough.”
Source: Conservative Daily