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Evangelicals diverge on Trump’s Haiti comments

by Evan Wilt
Posted 1/12/18, 04:07 pm

WASHINGTON—Evangelical leaders offered mixed responses Friday to President Donald Trump’s reported comments about Haiti. Michael Farris, president of Alliance Defending Freedom, said he’s tried to praise the president when he does well but called his latest comments indefensible. “He speaks for our country on the international stage,” Farris wrote on his Facebook page. “We want and deserve to have him act with dignity. Just once I would like to hear him say that he was wrong and ask for forgiveness.” The Washington Post first reported on Thursday that Trump used an obscenity to refer to Haiti and other impoverished nations to which the United States offers refuge after natural disasters. Trump denied he made disparaging comments about Haiti—a claim some lawmakers in the room with him on Thursday say is untrue. Ed Stetzer, a Southern Baptist who teaches at Wheaton College and serves as interim pastor at the Moody Church in Chicago, slammed the president in an op-ed published Friday morning. “Trump has courted evangelicals, some of whom have had access to him and his administration,” Stetzer wrote. “I hope those evangelical leaders will speak clearly, reminding Trump that all people are worthy of dignity and respect because they are made in the image of God.” But Johnnie Moore, spokesman for Trump’s evangelical advisory council, defended the president, telling the Post in a statement the reported comments are “absolutely suspect and politicized.” Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas, said he supported the president’s views, if not his choice of words. Many of Trump’s other top evangelical advisers and supporters, including Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association president Franklin Graham, and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson have not weighed in publicly.

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  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Fri, 01/12/2018 06:58 pm

    For crying out loud, people.  You felt Trump was better than Hillary, fine.  That doesn't mean you need to agree with every word that comes out of his mouth.  All but Trump's most diehard supporters acknowledge the man is not perfect.  I don't understand why they follow that up by explaining that every impulsive thing he says is actually totally fine.

  • Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Fri, 01/12/2018 09:51 pm

    Pres. Trump could have said that he did not want people from "outhouse" countries, and the message would remain the same.  I hope that this is not a message that Pastor Jeffress supports.  Christ-followers welcome people based on the content of their character, not their nations of origin.

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    Greg Mangrum
    Posted: Sat, 01/13/2018 01:48 pm

    Were Obama's biggest supporters expected to comment everytime the former president said something controversial (oh yeah, it's not controversial if the media agrees it's not!)?

    This absolutely ridiculous and breathless reporting--based on rumor, by the way--is getting old fast! Save the outrage for terrorist murderers, Hollywood and media predators, and Kim Jong Un's missle launches.

    Why no outrage over Nancy Pelosi's recent racially derogatory comments?

  • Paul Petry's picture
    Paul Petry
    Posted: Sat, 01/13/2018 05:46 pm

    "Save the outrage for terrorist murderers..."

    Wait. The bloviating talking heads in the phony outrage media are calling Trump a terrorist:

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Sat, 01/13/2018 02:18 pm

    There are no surprises where Trump is concerned. He opens his mouth and sewage spews out. If "evangelical" leaders want to support this man in any way, fashion, or form, that is their prerogative, but they do not speak for me.

    Perhaps Trump forgets his country of origin produced Adolf Hitler. He can just "go back where he came from." Which reminds me, Melania is a recent immigrant as well. Hasn't she worn out her welcome yet?



  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Tue, 01/16/2018 05:53 pm

    Your comment is disgusting and your insinuating that Trump is like Hitler shows your twisted sick thinking which is not Christian. The President of the United States is obligated to protect the citizens of this country first and foremost which he is doing. Trump is determined to not let immigration become a disaster like it has become in Europe.

    The left is bent on bringing Trump down because they don’t like his conservative views and seek to remake America into their leftist utopian fantasy devoid of Christianity. Sadly, some Christians have bought into this thinking which is from the devil.

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Tue, 01/16/2018 08:40 pm

    “Perhaps Trump forgets his country of origin produced Adolf Hitler. He can just ‘go back where he came from.’” 

    And World thinks this is acceptable? 

  • DGKloost
    Posted: Sat, 01/13/2018 08:34 pm

    For what it is worth, here is an article from the Daily Wire that calls into question the veracity of the report of Trump having said it . " Durbin allegedly has a history of lying about private White House meetings." Also "But whether or not you find the "s***hole" reference offensive, some Republicans are saying they don't recall Trump using such verbiage."


  • Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Sat, 01/13/2018 09:36 pm

    The Daily Wire is missing the point.  The issue is the message, not the verbiage.  Pres. Trump needs to clarify that he welcomes all good people regardless of nation of origin--period.  He needs to kill this elephant in the room.  Tweeting vague answers to the non-issue of verbiage will only make things worse.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 01/16/2018 09:53 pm

    So we now have 4, or is it 5, separate articles from World on this one topic?  PLEASE.  

    Mr. Trump is alleged to have used a word that is verbal shorthand for, "Sadly, there are undesirable places to live in the world, because the rich classes in those nations mercilessly rape and rob their less fortunate countrymen."

     Guess thats what I wish he had said.