A Bible study is held weekly within Trump’s Cabinet and is attended by persons such as Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Some groups can’t stand that elected government officials are exercising their right to express their faith.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation and other left-wing advocacy groups have tried viciously to attack that Bible study. In fact, the FFRF is now suing Ben Carson’s Department of Housing and Urban Development for “dodging” records requests related to the Bible study.
Now, Pastor Jeffress has spoken harshly against those anti-religious groups who are trying to derail the Bible study, reported The Christian Post.
"There are those on the left who cannot stand the fact that certain members of the president's Cabinet place their trust in the God who created the universe instead of the god of government, of secular progressivism or of 'self,’” Pastor Jeffress wrote in a statement.
He added that government officials, when they enter the White House, “may be required to surrender their cell phones, but they are not required to surrender their First Amendment right to the free exercise of their faith.”
Furthermore, he said, "Thankfully, many Americans still see great wisdom in the reading of God's Word and the seeking of God's truth through prayer," he continued. "Attacks such as these must be called out as nothing more than bigoted and intolerant attempts to silence the free practice of personal religion. I stand with Sec. Carson and am grateful for the men and women in office, and in the president's Cabinet, who love the Lord and who have been entrusted with the great responsibility of helping lead our beloved country as 'one nation under God.'"
Besides Secretary Carson, other members who attend the Bible study include Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Energy Secretary Rick Perry. The FFRF has complained in their lawsuit that persons are coerced and manipulated to attend the study, but according to The Christian Broadcasting Network, no staff members attend; only cabinet secretaries, at their own free will.
The lawsuit that was filed by the FFRF and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics alleges that the Bible study is secretive, and that HUD denies fee waivers on Freedom of Information Act requests “Where disclosure of the requested documents is likely to cast the agency or HUD Secretary Ben Carson in a negative light.”
Ralph Drollinger of Capitol Ministries, who leads the Bible study, said on Facebook that all the FFRF needs to do, instead of sue, is go on www.capmin.org to review the Bible study notes that are posted there. “There’s nothing secret to this—and all related Bible study expenses are paid by Capitol Ministries, a 501(c)3 organization.”
Carson also responded to the attacks levied against him, saying, “I refuse to be intimidated by anti-religious groups into relinquishing my spirituality or religious beliefs. One of the principles of our nation’s founding is freedom of religion. I will not stop being a Christian while in service to this country, in fact, it is my faith that helps me serve the nation even better,” he posted on Facebook.
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