Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. on Tuesday defended the Trump administration in the midst of criticism over conditions migrant children have faced in U.S. detention facilities.
Falwell lashed out at Russell D. Moore, a theologian and president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, for criticizing the administration following reports of detained migrant children held in unsanitary and inadequate conditions.
“The reports of the conditions for migrant children at the border should shock all of our consciences,” Moore said in a tweet Tuesday morning. “Those created in the image of God should be treated with dignity and compassion, especially those seeking refuge from violence back home. We can do better than this.”
In a direct response to Moore, Falwell criticized the preacher, asking him at one point in his tweet: “What gives you authority to speak on any issue?”
“Who are you @drmoore? Have you ever made a payroll?” Falwell wrote.
“Have you ever built an organization of any type from scratch?” he added. “What gives you authority to speak on any issue? I’m being serious. You’re nothing but an employee- a bureaucrat.”
Falwell’s tweet racked up a little more than 250 likes as of Tuesday evening, but the post garnered over 5,000 replies, the bulk of which criticized his comments.
Hello, @JerryFalwellJr. As the founding pastor of @WOLC I’ve built an organization from scratch (unlike you; I met your dad back in the 80s), I’ve made payroll & built buildings, *and* I still have a soul. @drmoore is entirely right. In the authority of Jesus’ name I say, repent!— Brian Zahnd (@BrianZahnd) June 25, 2019
Falwell, the president of Liberty University, has been a strong supporter of President Trump and recently used his platform on Twitter to advocate for a two-year extension of the president’s current term.
The evangelical leader reasoned at the time that Trump should have two years added to his term for what he called “pay back for time stolen by this corrupt failed coup.”