The truth about the ‘bully pulpit’
In this Feb. 10, 2018, file photo, the Rev. Jerry Falwell Jr., center, arrives to deliver the keynote address at the 2016 National Prayer Breakfast at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
Falwell and his wife, Betty, have been at the center of controversy since they refused to leave the pulpit during a prayer event that was held in the White House.
Falcoffy has been criticized for not standing by the president during the prayer event.
Falcos, who are not married, were escorted out of the White, Rose Garden after President Donald Trump signed a bill that prohibits chaplains from wearing religious attire, including religious head coverings.
In a new interview with The Associated Press, Falwell said his “biggest mistake” was not standing with Trump during the White Friday prayer.
“I was sitting there like an animal, I don’t even know what to say,” Falwell told the AP.
“The president didn’t stand up for me.
And he didn’t say a word.
He was sitting at the table, looking at his Bible and looking at me.
I think he thought that I was going to leave.”
Falwell, in his first interview since he left the pulp, said the Whitehouse prayer was the only time he felt comfortable speaking.
He said he doesn’t believe he was mistreated by the White house.
“No one was treating me any differently,” he said.
“That’s not how it works.
It’s not the way that we should treat people.”
Falcofied the Whitehouses decision on Thursday, after Trump tweeted about the incident and told his supporters to pray for him.
Falfied said he was “really surprised” by the criticism and “really disappointed” to hear of the president’s decision.
Falafied said Trump was right to call for the resignation of the church leaders, who have been accused of condoning discrimination.
“They were very wrong, they were extremely wrong,” Falfized.
“It was very inappropriate, I really believe, to have that type of conversation.
I’m not sure what else to say.”
The Falfies had refused to stand at the lectern during a previous White House prayer, and their remarks triggered criticism of their leadership.
The Falwells, who were at the WhiteHouse on a conference call to discuss the religious freedom bill, are also among the religious leaders who have voiced their opposition to the measure.
The bill was co-sponsored by Sens.
Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R.S., and has the backing of the Religious Right.
The Rev. Franklin Graham said in a statement Friday that he was disappointed in the decision, but the Falwell’s continued support for the measure is important.
“We have stood together as we have for many years,” he wrote.
“This is a time of prayer and reflection and I hope the president will allow us to continue doing so in the days ahead.”
Falfiefy said his views on gay rights are “well-founded.”
“The church has always been very supportive of gay rights,” he told the Associated Press.
“But, yes, it’s a change that I’m sure many of us are excited about.
I know there are a lot of people in this country who are opposed to same-sex marriage and same-gender adoption, but this is a movement that is moving forward and we’re going to be able to do it.”
The AP’s Jim Gomez and Julie Bykowicz contributed to this report.