In an op-ed written for Breitbart News, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said this weekend’s Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., will be an opportunity for evangelicals to “seize the moment.”
He wrote, in part:
After eight years enduring the Obama administration’s hostility toward everything from religious liberty to the unborn, values voters were eager to see President Trump accelerate the undoing of Obama’s policies. After President Trump’s inauguration, the new administration kept its campaign promises by reinstituting and expanding the pro-life Mexico City Policy, nominating strong constitutionalist Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, protecting religious liberty through executive order, and shielding our military from the radical social experimentation of the Obama years by ending one of its most extreme policies regarding transgenderism.
While these successes are encouraging, those coming to the Values Voter Summit know this is no time to rest on last month’s or even last week’s success. Activists on the Left, congressional Democrats, the mainstream media, and the entertainment industry are all unified in aggressively working toward the goal of undermining the Trump administration with fake news, scare tactics, and even race-baiting.
Despite President Trump’s successful election, the outright hostility toward Christianity has continued on full display in the halls of the U.S. Senate. In June, Senator Bernie Sanders displayed his disdain for the Christian faith by declaring Office of Management and Budget nominee Russell Vought as “not someone who is what this country is supposed to be about” because of his Christian faith. Three months later, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Durbin specifically targeted the Catholic faith of 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Amy Barrett, insinuating that her “orthodox” religious views disqualified her from public service.
These incidents mark the first time in living memory that multiple sitting U.S. senators have blatantly defied the Constitution’s prohibition of using a “religious test” to determine the qualifications of a nominee for public office.
Calling the U.S. Senate the “graveyard of promises,” Perkins blasted Democrats and Republicans alike. He also reminded readers that Breitbart News Chairman Steve Bannon would be speaking at the Values Voters Summit.
The three-day event kicked off this afternoon with an “activist training” seminar. The first speeches will begin at approximately 8:45 a.m. EDT Friday.