The friendship between Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. and U.S. President Donald Trump is no secret. The university president, and son of the late Jerry Falwell, repeatedly praised Trump throughout his presidential campaign and recently claimed that the Trump Administration has become the “most faith-friendly” ever.
This honor only adds to a career of praise the evangelical leader has given Trump and comes just ahead of Trump’s re-election effort in 2020.
Speaking of Trump, Falwell recently told Secrets: “He has been the most faith-friendly president ever.”
As the Washington Examiner reports, Falwell said Pence has been a contributing factor in the faith-friendly atmosphere Trump has created:
While many were skeptical of Trump’s ties to any religion, in office he has proven an ally of Christians and Jews, he said. And he gave Pence significant credit.
“He was a key factor in why so many evangelicals supported Trump,” said Falwell.
“It convinced people that if Trump was willing to pick somebody like Pence for vice president, it convinced people that Trump really was going to be a faith-friendly president,” he said.
In office, Falwell said that Pence has become the most influential Trump insider.
“I think he’s the most influential vice president in my lifetime, the one person that Trump probably listens to more than anyone else,” said Falwell.
Falwell’s comments also came a day before Vice President Pence gave the commencement speech for Liberty’s 2019 graduating class.
As the Hill reports, in his speech, Pence forewarned the students that the world is seeing unprecedented Christian persecution and encouraged them to “be ready.”
“Throughout most of American history, it’s been pretty easy to call yourself Christian,” Pence said to the students. “It didn’t even occur to people that you might be shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the Bible.”
“But things are different now,” he continued, saying “some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs. Be ready.”
“When my wife, Karen, returned to teach art at an elementary Christian school earlier this year, we faced harsh attacks by the media and the secular left,” he also said during the address, according to The Christian Post.
“These attacks on Christian education are un-American,” Pence continued.
The vice president also boasted about the actions being taken by the Trump administration in recent months to “protect religious liberty.”
“I promise you, we will always stand up for the right of Americans to live, to learn, and to worship God according to the dictates of their conscience,” he said.
Pence also took a moment to tout the recent boost to the economy in the first quarter of the year, telling students they “picked a great time to graduate, because after two years of the leadership of President Donald Trump, jobs are coming back and America is back,” the Post reports.
Quoting Pence’s speech, the Daily Caller adds:
“America needs men and women of faith and integrity now more than ever,” Pence said before noting rampant Christian persecution around the world. “We live in a time when it’s become acceptable and even fashionable to ridicule and discriminate against people of faith.”
“It wasn’t all that long ago that the last administration brought the full weight of the federal government against the Little Sisters of the Poor merely because that group of nuns refused to provide a health plan that violated their deeply held religious beliefs, and when the State of Georgia recently was debating legal protections for the unborn a bevy of Hollywood liberals said they would boycott the entire state, and when my wife, Karen, returned to teach art at an elementary Christian school earlier this year, we faced harsh attacks by the media and the secular left.”