Dr. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, condemned the Freedom From Religion Foundation and left-wing advocacy groups for their attacks on a Bible study attended by Cabinet officials in the White House. FFRF is suing Secretary Ben Carson’s Department of Housing and Urban Development for “dodging” records requests relating to the Bible study.
“There are those on the left who cannot stand the fact that certain members of the president’s Cabinet place their trust in the God who created the universe instead of the god of government, of secular progressivism or of ‘self,’ Pastor Jeffress said in a statement.
FFRF says it wants the records to determine whether or not the weekly Bible study sessions at the White House “use government resources, whether staffers may feel coerced into organizing or even participating in the religious event, and to ascertain government access granted to Capitol Ministries, a group that seeks to evangelize elected officials.”
The lawsuit, filed by FFRF and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, claims that HUD has a “pattern and practice” of denying fee waivers on Freedom of Information Act requests “where disclosure of the requested documents is likely to cast the agency or HUD Secretary Ben Carson in a negative light.”
Jeffress said when government officials walk into the White House, “they may be required to surrender their cell phones, but they are not required to surrender their First Amendment right to the free exercise of their faith.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar