Over the years, I’ve worked closely with many of the hundreds of faith leaders who trekked to Trump Tower on Tuesday to meet with presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. I’ve opposed Trump and wasn’t invited. But even if I had been, I wouldn’t have gone. I believe these pilgrims meant well but I think their judgment about associating with Trump is troubling and unwise. In embracing this brazen man — whether tacitly or overtly — they appear to have forgotten the very premises on which the Moral Majority and the social conservative movement were founded.
His candidacy is the antithesis of everything we set out to achieve.
The first national meeting of the Moral Majority took place on a snowy day in February 1980. I was a young lawyer from Spokane and attended as the newly minted Washington state director of Jerry Falwell’s organization. We were moved by our beliefs. And if those of us who were gathered had been told back then that 36 years later our movement would embrace a candidate like Trump for president, our unanimous response would have been, “It will be a cold day in hell before that happens.”
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