President Trump spoke to an anti-LGBT hate group today. His message: you will not be silenced any longer.
The Values Voters Summit took place in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by The Family Research Council, which has been labeled as a hate group.
“The Family Research Council (FRC) bills itself as ‘the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,’ but its real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians,” states the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website. SPLC tracks hate groups in the U.S. “The FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people as the organization battles against same-sex marriage, hate crime laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.”
In his speech, the Trump praised new guidance put forth by Secretary Jeff Sessions which undermines the Johnson Amendment. Trump, who signed the directive earlier this week, assured the attendees that the action entailed "a beautiful ceremony in the White House on our National Day of Prayer."
The Johnson Amendment was established under President Lyndon Johnson. Devised in 1954 by Johnson when he was in the U.S. Senate, the law prohibits religious organizations from directly or indirectly participating in political campaigns. The penalty for such activity is the loss of an organization’s tax exempt status.
“Among many historic steps, the executive order followed through on one of my most important campaign promises important to so many of you: to prevent the horrendous Johnson Amendment interfering with your First Amendment rights," he said.
“We will not allow government workers to censor sermons or target our pastors, our ministers, our rabbis. These are the people we want to hear from and they’re not going to be silenced any longer.”
As head of the FRC, an optimistic Tony Perkins praised the direction in which Trump's current regime appears to be headed, writing on Breitbart:
"After eight years enduring the Obama administration's hostility toward everything from religious liberty to the unborn, Values Voters were eager to see President Trump accelerate the undoing of Obama's policies."
Besides Trump, the controversial Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore, was also a featured speaker at the event.
Here are one tidbit from his speech from RightWingWatch.org: “Somebody should be talking to the Supreme Court of the United States and say, ‘What gives them a right to declare that two men can get married?’ Impeach these justices that put themselves above the Constitution. They’re judicial supremacists and they should be taken off the bench.”
Moore is well known for his anti-gay views. He believes same-sex relations should be illegal.