Lamenting the current state of faith and religion in America as “not good,” former President Donald Trump launched a new National Faith Advisory Board last Thursday, with his spiritual advisor and televangelist Paula White at the helm.
“A lot of things have happened and a lot of things have happened with respect to faith and religion and they’re not good things. They are not good, they’re not good at all,” Trump said on a call with faith leaders during which he complained about how the 2020 election was stolen from him, according to a clip published online. “It’s really a very sad event what took place on November 3rd, and what they did.”
“Everyone on this call made a critical contribution to our movement over the past five years. And we’ve had tremendous success and then we had a horrendous result to an election that was won. We won that election and now numbers are coming out that are shocking to people and it’s a shame,” Trump insisted.
Before the call last Thursday, the faith group co-founded by Jenny Korn and Amanda Robbins Vargo, who worked at the Office of Public Liaison in the Trump White House, sent an email to faith groups accusing the Biden administration of pursuing an “anti-faith agenda” the Jewish Daily Forward reported.
“We accomplished so much together at the White House during the Trump administration. We are seeing all our hard work being unraveled by the new administration and their anti-faith agenda,” the email said. “We will protect our religious freedoms here and abroad, in order to worship and live according to our faith.”
According to the Forward, the new advisory board is expected to “organize regular conference calls and events with prominent leaders in the coming months.”
Religion News Service reported that White, who called on angels from Africa to help deliver victory to Trump in his reelection bid last November after overseeing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, noted that the new National Faith Advisory Board would include “70 executives.” She also highlighted the “unprecedented victories, influence and access” to faith groups that resulted from Trump’s faith advisory board during his term.
Trump added that fighting for religious liberty was one of his “greatest honors.”