Thousands of conservative evangelicals will converge on Washington, D.C., this weekend for the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit to proclaim a thrice-married, coarse reality TV star as their standard-bearer.
It’s a move that exposes the desperation and hypocrisy of the Religious Right, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
“Imagine an alternate universe where the Democratic nominee is a twice-divorced, religiously indifferent pop culture figure from a garish reality TV show who brags about the married women he has slept with and is enamored with a Russian dictator,” said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Religious Right support would be inconceivable.
“Donald Trump has made hay with right-wing evangelicals by posing as an anti-abortion, Bible-loving politician who will compel people to say ‘Merry Christmas’ and change the law to allow church-based partisan politicking – views he never said a word about until a few months ago,” Lynn added.
He concluded, “This election season has exposed the leadership of the Religious Right for the hypocrites that they are. What tiny bit of moral authority the Religious Right had left disappeared when they tossed the moral values they supposedly treasure under the Trump campaign bus before jumping aboard.”
Lynn, a Christian minister and an attorney, has led Americans United for 25 years. He’s a longtime observer of the Religious Right and is available for media interviews before, during and after the Values Voter Summit.
Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.