Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement in response to reports that televangelist Paula White was appointed advisor to the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative:
“Televangelist Paula White is unfit to serve in the position of advisor to the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative. She has no experience in government or public service and no history of undertaking the kind of interfaith outreach necessary for this role. Instead, she has operated in the shadows to influence public policies that discriminate against women, LGBTQ people and religious minorities, and the nomination of partisan judges who will support those harmful policies.
“This appointment is yet another example of President Trump pandering to his evangelical Christian supporters as he scrambles to secure his base amidst an impeachment investigation. The American people – and the faith community – deserve a representative who will work to protect religious freedom for everyone, not just the few who share her religious beliefs.”
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.
PHOTO: Paula White joins President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at a National Day of Prayer observation. CREDIT: C-SPAN screenshot.