Religious Science President Robert Wright said he believes the president’s remarks on race and religious freedom are not “intolerant.”
“I’m certainly not one of those folks who’s anti-immigrant,” Wright said during a radio interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.
“But if it is really about race, and if it’s really about religious freedom, I don’t think that’s a bigot.”
The former pastor of a Pentecostal church in New York, Wright served as a national adviser for President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
In the interview, Wright also said the Trump administration “is moving forward” with its push to reinstate a ban on gay conversion therapy, but he said he does not think that will help the nation.
“I don’t see the value in it, frankly, for me,” Wright told CPN.
“The only way it will make a difference is if somebody comes up with something that actually works and gets them the same treatment that they got under Obamacare.”
Trump’s administration has proposed changes to the law that would exempt religious institutions from some of the protections of the Affordable Care Act, including providing insurance coverage to people who have faced discrimination because of their religious beliefs.
Religious leaders, including the head of the National Council of Churches, have criticized the administration’s proposed changes.
“These changes will do nothing to help the LGBTQ community,” Rev. William Barber II, the executive director of the Council of the Catholic Bishops, said in a statement.
“They will not help them.”