Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney Andrew Seidel told “Fox & Friends” on August 5 that the White House Bible study may be illegal:
“It can’t be considered proper or in keeping with American values for government officials to get together on taxpayer time to study a book that condones slavery and the subjugation of women and the eternal torture and torment of people who don’t believe like you. So even if it doesn’t violate the Constitution directly, it certainly violates that core principle of American government, the separation of state and church.”
In defense of the Bible study, Dr. Jay Strack, a Christian, falsely claimed that Ben Franklin endorsed prayer in the government.
The Bible study participants include anti-health care Tom Price (Health Secretary), climate denier Rick Perry (Energy Secretary), anti-public education Betsy DeVos (Education Secretary), Sonny Perdue (Agriculture Secretary), anti-civil rights Jeff Sessions (Attorney General), Mike Pompeo (CIA Director), and anti-LGBT Vice President Mike Pence.
Ralph Drollinger, of Capitol Ministries who heads the Bible study, told CBN News, “These are godly individuals that God has risen to a position of prominence in our culture.”