Donald Trump donates $100,000 to Tony Perkins' church

Thu. August 25, 2016 11:36 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reportedly gave $100,000 to the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in Louisiana, which is headed by Tony Perkins.

Trump and running mate Mike Pence last week met with Perkins, the president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), and Franklin Graham, who heads the Samaritan's Purse charity, during a tour of flood-ravaged Louisiana.

CNN's Ashley Killough reported the donation in a tweet. Greenwell Springs Baptist Church acknowledged on Facebook that Trump "is sending a financial contribution to the church to aid our efforts," but did not disclosed the amount.

Perkins, the church's interim pastor, told media outlets that he and his family were forced to escape their home by canoe. He called the flood a sign that God considers them "worthy of suffering for his sake." Perkins last year agreed with Rabbi Jonathan Cahn's statement that God had sent Hurricane Joaquin to Hawaii because he was angry about the legalization of marriage equality and abortion. "God is trying to send us a message," Perkins is quoted as saying.

Graham's charity is using the church as its "base of operations" for flood relief efforts.

Perkins and Graham are vocal opponents of LGBT rights.

At an FRC conference in 2014, Graham said that he was not afraid to have his head "chopped off" for speaking "the truth" about gays.

"Are we going to be cowards because we're afraid?" he rhetorically asked the crowd. "Could we get our heads chopped off? We could, maybe one day. So what? Chop it off!"

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