Actually, it was more like “my forty-five minutes on Capitol Hill.”
I thought the talk went well. If there were pro-Trumpers or court evangelicals in the room, they did not speak during the Q&A. I met several evangelical leaders who voted for Trump, but most of them said they chose him because they did not want to vote for Hillary Clinton.
After the talk, I chatted in the hallway of the Dirksen Senate Building with about eight or ten attendees. Almost all of them brought-up abortion and the Supreme Court. Frankly, I was surprised how many of these pro-life evangelical leaders agreed with my view that the overturning of Roe v. Wade was not the most effective way of reducing abortions in the United States.
Several folks on Twitter said that they were surprised the NAE invited someone like me to speak to their leadership. Those who wrote these tweets do not understand the difference between the Christian Right-inspired conservative evangelicals loyal to Trump and the agenda of the NAE. Actually, the NAE seems to be striking just the right tone in this so-called “age of Trump.” For example, read their statement “For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility.”
I know a lot of people were praying for me or sending good wishes as I addressed the group this morning. They were much appreciated. Thank you!
I’ll be Southern Methodist University in Dallas tomorrow night. Let’s hope my flights don’t get canceled due to Hurricane Michael.