September 18, 2018
On September 9, 2016, Donald Trump became the first GOP presidential nominee to address the Values Voter Summit since its inception in 2006. Candidate Trump's well-received speech grabbed headlines across the country for making his case to social conservatives. Hours later, Hillary Clinton grabbed her own headlines, but her message and the reaction it drew couldn't have been more different. Speaking at an LGBT fundraiser, Hillary lobbed her infamous "basket of deplorables" and "irredeemable" insult: "You could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?" Clinton said. "The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic -- you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up."
Two years later, not much has changed. Although Hillary didn't give the keynote address at last weekend's LGBT fundraiser -- the hostile message is the same. Former Vice President Joe Biden declared to the crowd that "these forces of intolerance remain determined to undermine and roll back the progress you all have made...They are a small percentage of the American people -- virulent people -- some of them the dregs of society."
Losing an election apparently didn't change their view about those who stand "irredeemable" -- a view that is in stark contrast to what Christians believe about the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. But the Clinton/Biden view of their fellow Americans shouldn't be a surprise. You may also recall internal Clinton campaign emails mocking evangelicals and Catholics as "backwards." Even more disturbing, were the Obama/Clinton policies that marginalized millions of Americans like the Little Sisters of the Poor who simply wanted to live their lives according to their faith. The full court press against faith in the public square included the subtle but substantive redefinition of religious freedom to the "freedom of worship." But nowhere in Scripture does it say faith is to be contained within the four walls of a house of worship. Doing so would reduce church to nothing more than a glorified social club. The Constitution's First Amendment certainly doesn't adopt this narrow view. It protects something much broader: the freedom to hold the religious beliefs of one's choice and to live out those beliefs, which is also known as religious freedom.
Biden's insults are revealing about the hostility that conservative, Christian citizens and others who oppose their radical agenda will be subjected to if the Left succeeds in their goal to reclaim power here in Washington and in state capitols around the nation. Biden's Hillary moment is a reminder of the importance of the Values Voter Summit and the need for every conservative voter to be informed and involved! This weekend, I look forward to joining with values voters from around the nation as we once again stand for faith, family and freedom.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.